A Fun-Loving Guide to the Natural World for Kids and Adults

Delicious Flowers

It’s that wonderful time of year when the black locust tree is blooming.  These flowers are one of the most delightful of wild edibles, with a strong floral scent and a sweet, crispy taste.  Really there is no flavor quite like them, and they are divine in the mouth.

Be sure to identify the tree with a reliable guide book, and remember that the flowers are the only edible portion.  Then seek out the perfect blooms — pure white and rubbery to the touch.  Each tree offers a slightly different flavor, and each stage of bloom does as well.  You’ll be happiest with freshly-opened flowers that show no discoloring.  In the picture below, the flowers on the left are edible and decent-tasting, but the ones on the right made us melt.

Of course, don’t forget to take a good look at what you’re eating, because these flowers delight all the senses.  They’re truly a natural treasure!

2 Responses to “Delicious Flowers”

  1. I am SO glad to know that black locust blossoms are good to eat! But why not? They’re just overgrown peas. Ours in Saratoga are fading now, but next year I’ll be sure to try them. They surround my house, filling the air with their fragrance when in bloom and abuzz with bees.

  2. Hello Jackie!

    Isn’t their fragrance incredible? We have a few trees down the road, and can smell them a hundred yards away. Amazing that you have so many of them! Apologies for letting you know about how yummy they are just a little too late, but you’ll have a real treat to look forward to next year. Some people put them in salads or find other creative uses, but we just can’t bear to do anything but enjoy them one delectable blossom at a time.

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