While out biking this lively a.m., sunshine and wind pushing us uphill on our bikes, Ron caught this image of the curly locusts. I had to check to see if we had the right tree-name, and found this quotation about these flowers and seeds on Wikpedia. ——S. Dorman
Black locust’s pods are small and light, and easily carried long distances. Although the bark and leaves are toxic, various reports suggest that the seeds and the young pods of the black locust are edible. Shelled seeds are safe to harvest from summer through fall, and are edible both raw and/or boiled. Due to the small nature of Black Locust seeds, shelling them efficiently can prove tedious and difficult. In France and in Italy . . . flowers are eaten . . . after being coated in batter and fried in oil. An important constituent of the plant . . . loses its toxicity when heated. . . . Horses that consume the plant show signs of anorexia, depression, incontinence, colic, weakness, and cardiac arrhythmia. Symptoms usually occur about 1 hour following consumption, and immediate veterinary attention is required.