Grape leaves can be simmered to make dolmas or used to wrap a sardine destined for the grill. Large chard leaves are good for wrapping pâté or meatloaf. South Indian cooks make great use of taro leaves.
In Oaxaca, fragrant hoja santa leaves and avocado leaves are used extensively. Lemon leaves wrap tiny meatballs in Sicily. Chinese cooks use bamboo leaves as the wrapping for joong (which look like pointy tamales and are filled with sticky rice). And anyone with a fig tree knows that the leaves add an incredible sweet fragrance to wild salmon or to baked cheeses like feta or chevre.
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