I have been meaning to try this for ages. Apparently it is quite common in Asia and Africa to cook and eat pumpkin leaves. Not something I have ever heard of here in the UK, but yesterday I gave it a go!
I chose the smaller, younger leaves that were at the end of the growing points.
Definitely not the larger leaves... I might use those to wrap Christmas presents!!!
So I picked a handful of young leaves...
They were really clean, spotless... but I gave them a rinse anyway.
Chopped them up and boiled them for about 10 minutes.
They were beautifully tender, lovely bright green colour, and the taste was lovely! Mild flavour probably a bit like Savoy cabbage but much more tender like spinach. Well... not completely wonderful, the really off-putting thing about eating pumpkin leaves was the feel of all those little hairs and spines on the leaves... I could feel them inside my mouth as I was chewing and it felt hairy!!! If I could find a hairless pumpkin leaf.. it would be a wonderful delicacy. Until then.. no thanks!