Grape leaves are edible, and you can dry yours to make a lovely tea that will remind you of an earthy green tea. This is a great way to make use of cuttings that would otherwise be thrown away.
First, collect one grape leaf about as big as your hand, then collect baby grape leaves about as big as a quarter. Put the baby grape leaves in the middle of the larger grape leaf.
Fold up the bottom left corner.
Fold up the bottom right corner.
Fold over the top left part of the leaf.
Fold over the top right part of the leaf.
Fold down the point to complete your "envelope."
Lay these "envelopes" out on a dehydrator tray, and dehydrate these at 150F overnight.
Add boiling water to your dried grape leaf tea.....
You can eat grape leaves, so instead of throwing out my clippings, I make snacks!
When you cook with grape leaves, pick big ones (like the one in the photo) to use for lining the pan, or as a platform for grilling. You can also put these into smoothies.
You want to pick smaller leaves, about the size of your hand or a little bigger, for using as wraps.
Take some boiling water............................................ and put the grape leaf in for about 1 minute.
Snip off the stem.
Prepare your filling-- here I'm using coconut rice and julienned mangoes, but you can use just about anything.
You can mix uncooked rice with vegetables or meat and cook these in boiling water for several hours. Mine, however, are destined for the grill, so I'm stuffing them with rice that has already been cooked.
1. Start rolling upward from the bottom ........................ 2. Fold the sides in ....................................... 3. Continue rolling upward
These are going on the grill, but you could also saute, steam, or boil them.
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