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Why is it not recommended to eat the leaves of strawberries?

Q: Why not eat the green tops of strawberries? Is not more fiber better?

A: The main reason the green leaves and stems of strawberries are removed before consuming is because they possess an unfavorable flavor.  If consumed, they must be washed thoroughly because pesticides used to treat the fruit tend to reside in the leaves.  It is best to wash the strawberries and remove the stem and leaves before consuming.

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