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Q.basil plant infections – unaffected leaves ok to eat?

mamababs added on June 28, 2012 | Answered

Our basil crop has brown-spotted leaves, especially the older leaves. I’m trying to preserve some of the basil — the apparently uninfected leaves. Can consuming basil from an infected plant be harmful to humans?

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Answered on June 29, 2012

They are safe to eat. While they may not have the same quality, in terms of size and flavor, due to the disease (which is likely a fungus that can be treated with neem oil), they will not harm you in any way.

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