Note: I'm not a gardener.

Top side of leaf

Bottom side of same leaf

Another leaf

second leaf from the bottom side

These mint plants were planted by my family a while back in the garden.

I don't know why these white/yellowish spots appear on the leaves, but I'll try to give detail of the environment as best as I can.

  1. This is in Cairo, Egypt, in the summer. Heat rises up to 35-40 degrees celsius in the morning these days.
  2. The people who run our compound spray pesticides on plants in gardens, and a larger white cloudy/smoky looking pesticide around the entire compound for mosquitoes
  3. I have no idea what the soil conditions are, or any way to find out.

If it's not safe to eat these leaves due to their spots, is it okay to eat leaves which don't have those spots but are from the same plant?

  • Reminder: comments are not for answers.
    – Stephie
    May 27, 2019 at 10:00

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These dots must be from whitefly: it looks like the insect sits on a leaf underside. Eating leaves slightly chewed by insects is completely OK, just wash them.

It is the insecticide you should worry about. Check what substance they use and what is the waiting period before eating is allowed.

  • Thanks so much! Will try to check.
    – Youssef A
    May 30, 2019 at 9:56

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