"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The honey locust tree and its bad reputation

The honey locust tree’s most obvious feature is its abundance of thorns. Thorns on the branches, thorns on the trunk and thorns on the thorns. At first glance, this tree appears to be angry and ready for a fight. Its arsenal is quite apparent for anyone in doubt.

One may wonder, “What are honey locust trees good for?” Actually, quite a few things.

The pods from the honey locust tree are sweet and edible when mature (as opposed to the black locust tree’s poisonous pods). These pods may also be used to ferment for beer. Just be careful of the leaves, they are poisonous.

The honey locust’s wood is high quality and durable and is often used to create furniture.

And those huge, stabbing thorns may even be used as nails.

The honey locust is sometimes planted near black walnut trees. They love to grow together and nurture each other. And black walnuts, once cracked open, are yummy.

So, the honey locust isn’t all bad. It just has a bad reputation.

Some nurseries sell thornless, podless varieties for shade and ornamental uses. But where’s the adventure in that?

The native honey locust has many offerings for those brave enough to get to know it. Just remember to wear a suit of armor and most of all, do not taunt the honey locust tree.

1 comment:

  1. Yikes! I've been stuck by one of those thorns!

    Hey Kris, just wanted to add that black walnuts can be picked up when green and made into a tincture that we take spring and fall to purge parasites. I usually fill a mason jar with the whole green balls then fill the jar with alcohol (40 proof is good) such as Crown Royal or something that does not has such a strong taste. (I used vodka once and we all had a hard time doing our parasite cleanse) Anyway, shake the jar a couple of times a day and store out of sunlight for two weeks. You can make it extra-strength by adding a new batch of green balls to your alcohol and repeating. After two weeks remove the balls and store in a dark cool place. I got this recipe from Dr. Hulda Clark's book, The Cure for all Cancers. :) Jean