Are autumn olive LEAVES poisonous? Could I dry them to make a tea, or start a wild ferment with them for mead, or flavor kombucha with them?
I recently took cuttings from my two autumn olive shrubs (red and gold berry varieties) and I stripped away lots of leaves in the process. I couldnt just mulch all of the leaves because they're so beautiful with their silver underbelly— they seem to just beg to be used in an elixir, but I cannot find any mention across the interwebs about using the leaves. I like fresh eating the berries and will experiment more with them this fall, but what about the leaves?