Foraging Wild Flowers: Black Locust

Photo of Black Locust flowers

Over the weekend, on the way to check on some Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) pollen cones, I noticed a few Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) trees covered with bunches of fragrant blossoms, many of which were within reach. Here in eastern Massachusetts, the last week of May is prime time for the white flowers of Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), Blackberry (Rubus spp.) and Black Locust – but only the latter has sweet, tasty flowers. Samuel Thayer describes their taste as “something like sweet peas with a hint of vanilla”, but don't take his word for it – find and try some for yourself.

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