Re: [pfaf] are comfrey flowers edible?
- I agree Michael,
Uncooked/processed, and in small quantities, most Comfreys are relatively harmless. Especially as a small part of a wide diet. But it is good for people to know that they may damage their livers if they do consume large quantities, especially of extracts - then they can make up their own minds whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
I have eaten bits of many plants that are considered toxic with few ill effects, including young Comfrey leaves, it is important to know which parts are safe, and what kind of preparation ( or not ) is necessary. Often alkaloids are concentrated in certain parts of the plant, such as roots, seeds, flowers, fruit, or leaves, other parts may be perfectly safe.
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Sent: 4/5/09 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: [pfaf] are comfrey flowers edible?
I eat them, --they are very good and not as fuzzy as the leaves, -- people who had a toxic condition related to Comfrey [from what I read]ï¿½ had been drinking several gallons of tea a day, or had been taking large doses of a concentrate from Comfrey,for a long period of time, --ï¿½-according to my own research on feeding comfrey to livestock it begins to be a problem when over 25% of the feed ration is Comfrey for more than a month, --you will begin to see signs of liver discolorationï¿½when butchering Rabbits, even though there is no noticable diference in their live appearance, when feedingï¿½ 50%ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ --ï¿½it is quite safe in the small amounts one would comsume as a salad ingredient, --ï¿½ as with most plants and foods, --moderation is important, ---Michael Porter
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