Black locust

Ever smelled a scent that seems like it’s dripping in honey?  There may be a touch of black locust in there.  The tall tree – native to America, and great for furniture-making incidentally! – offers us intensely fragrant, creamy white blossoms, a little like orange blossom, which are particularly powerful at dusk.  They’re also edible, should you ever find yourself in front of the actual tree (Robinia pseudoacacia)Bees love these intoxicating blooms:  when you taste ‘acacia honey’, this is the tree whose pollen the bees have dipped into.  Why black locust?  Because when the flowers are over – and their perfume’s breathed its last – black seedpods emerge…

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