Kousa Big-bracted-dogwood (Benthamia japonica), or Kousa Dogwood, is a commonly planted ornamental tree with showy flower-like bracts in spring and fruit resembling lollipops in late summer.
Not only is the fruit distinctive and often terrifically abundant, but it is also edible. Every year I snack on this tree when its fruit is in season, enjoying the one-of-a-kind treat that this tree provides. You'll know the fruit is ready when you find the ground under a tree dotted with drops. Search for fruit that is dark red and slightly soft and that easily detaches from the branches. I recommend sampling a few to get a sense of the spectrum of ripeness -- from hard and dry to overly mushy and rank.
The pulp is what I eat, which I squeeze out of the skin and separate from the seeds in my mouth. Here's a series of photos showing the process:
The pulp tastes to me like a tropical fruit purée. Give this fruit a try, and let us know below what you think it tastes like.