Why can't I consume my coffee plant?
February 22, 2009 1:51 PM Subscribe
Why does my coffee plant say "For decoration only. Not for consumption"?
posted by jclovebrew to food & drink (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A friend just gave me the sweetest, most thoughtful gift - a baby coffee plant! Just noticed this morning that the tag says "For decoration only. Not for consumption", which is a little bit of a let down because it would be so novel to some day harvest the cherries, process them, roast the beans, and brew coffee from it. (I mean, how can I not do this? I have to!)
Does it have to do with pesticides or chemicals that may be in the soil it's currently planted in? Is there something I can do to grow a food-safe version -- like perhaps harvest cherries from this tree, and start a new plant with them in organic soil?