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edible trees (not just the fruit!)

Gail HGail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭

Seeing the discussion on all the the edible salad greens reminded me of how much my kids loved to snack on young Japanese maple leaves. I looked them up and found this really interesting article.

One that they left off was redbud. The young leaves, buds and tiny seed pods are edible.

I think I'll go poke around in the woods and see what's "cooking"!


  • toreytorey Posts: 2,361 admin

    @Gail H Excellent post! Thanks so much!

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 3,016 admin
    edited March 2020

    Neat! I've never tried Japanese maple! I've had pine, spruce, birch, redbud, sassafras, maple seeds... maybe a couple of others... I'll have to try more!

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,424 admin

    If you can get a cinnamon tree...the bark & if I remember correctly, the leaves can be used as well. I ran across another exotic tree lately that is similar.

    I think it is so interesting that there are so many nutritious edibles that we pass by on a regular basis and we often don't even have a clue. It is such a fascinating thing and it so much more than just tree saps.

    I enjoy all of this new to me information. Thanks!

  • MelindaMelinda Greater Atlanta AreaPosts: 124 ✭✭✭

    Interesting. Thank you for posting.

  • Obiora EObiora E Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭

    @Gail H Thank you for sharing. It did not mentioned Black Locust. If I remember correctly the seed pods can be fried as a fritter and eaten. Also with regards to Slippery Elm Bark, I may sometimes use the powder and add to cornbread batter and pancake batter.

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 3,016 admin

    I had my first red buds of the season today! Still just buds in the sandhills of NC

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