Last weekend's winds brought down some tasty delicacies for us terrestrial creatures to enjoy-- Big Leaf Maple blossoms! YES!
Those towering, grandiose, magical, moss-covered (and often licorice fern-covered) Big Leaf Maple trees (Acer macrophyllum) that we're so blessed to have growing abundantly in our region are bursting with beautiful golden-green racemes right about now! And thanks to the recent Spring winds, it just got a whole lot easier to harvest some of these delicious blossoms!
I found lots and lots of freshly fallen Big Leaf Maple blossoms on the ground over the weekend. But in case your neck of the woods wasn't as windy, you can still harvest the flowers straight from the tree. Just look for some low hanging branches. Or get yourself a really tall ladder. Or make friends with an arborist!
Now is the perfect time to harvest these flowers as they are just emerging from their rust-colored buds. They're a tasty and nutritious addition to salads, soups and stir-fries, but my absolute favorite way to prepare them is by dipping them in batter and frying them into tasty nuggets of goodness, aka fritters!