I've heard that rhubarb leaves are poisonous, and that you can even die from rhubarb poisoning. Is that true?
The green leaves of the rhubarb contain large amount of oxalic acid and probably toxic anthraquinone glycosides. Eating the leaves can lead to acute poisoning and also death. The anthraquinone glycosides are thought to be the main cause for rhubarb leave poisoning.
On the website of the Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System you find the following about rhubarb:
To summarize, the rhubarb stalks are safe, but you should never eat the rhubarb leaves.
According to Rhubarb Info, the leaves are toxic, but on average require a large amount to actually poison you, though it doesn't take nearly as much to make you sick.
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