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NAME: Honey Locust

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Gleditsia Triacanthos / Fabaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  thorny locust

CONDITIONS: full sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

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banana liquor

RAW/GRIND/COOK

Fall

Seeds/Peas

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green peas

RAW/COOK

Summer

Seeds/Beans

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pea

RAW/ROAST

Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  Pods. Seeds. Related to Carob & can be used in similar fashion - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratonia_siliqua Green seeds can be used, raw or cooked. Young green seed tastes like peas. Brown seedpod in fall has sweet pulp that tastes like banana liquor. The amount of pulp depends on the tree. Take the brown seed pod, break lengthwise, separating the seed-side from the pulp side.  You can use pulp or just the pulp side in numerous ways. Take pitcher of water and fill with pulpy-pod-halves, let sit for 30 minutes, then massage the pods to extract the sweet pulp, strain, then drink!  You can also eat the brown pod shell, letting your saliva break it down, as with a carob pod.  Pod can also be dried and ground into a powder for cooking or baking.  Brown seeds can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

                                                                                                                               

CAUTION:  PFAF reports that green pod is edible raw or cooked, but this editor disagrees having tried it both ways and found it to be not edible. // The oval seeds contain 10.6 - 24.1% protein, 0.8 - 4.3% fat, 84.7% carbohydrate, 21.1% fibre, 4% ash, 280mg calcium and 320mg phosphorus per 100g. The seeds have been roasted and used as a coffee substitute.(1) The plant contains potentially toxic compounds.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

 

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OTHER USES:  Gum;  Soil reclamation;  Tannin;  Wood. Planted for land reclamation on mining waste. The gum from the seeds has been suggested as an emulsifying substitute for acacia and tragacanth. The heartwood contains 4 - 4.8% tannin. Wood - Largely used for making fence posts and rails, wheel hubs, farm implements etc and in construction.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Gleditsia+triacanthos
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_locust
  3. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/mesquitehoney-locust.html (good photos)