The Black Locust is a native North American legume tree, useful as both a nitrogen fixer and for its extremely durable lumber, which can last for 100 years in contact with soil. Originally restricted to a relatively small native range in central Appalachia and the Ozarks, it was widely planted by early colonists for barn sills and fenceposts.
For about one week in early June, the black locust is covered in white, or less commonly, pink blossoms, which are some of the finest edible flowers nature has to offer. Rich in nectar, the fragrant flowers have a sweet floral taste, not unlike honey, followed by a subtle flavor of fresh peas (to which the black locust is related). They make a sweet, colorful addition to salads and stir-fries, and are excellent dipped in batter and fried, to make fritters.
Latin Name: Robinia Pseudoacacia
Season: Early June
Availability: Abundant for a very short time