Last weekend on a HOT Saturday I was strolling through the Electric City, feeling electric. The cherry trees, shadbush, and magnolias all bud swollen on Friday had fully unfurled by Saturday. I wound around corners enraptured, chasing floral scent trails like a hound. I finally felt the spark I've been missing; thank you flowers.
One of my favorite moments was sticking my face fully into this flower, who, with some help, I learned is Norway Maple. The flowers have an elegant sweet tea aroma and I was so taken with all the chartreuse glamour, I wanted to know more.
Blanche Derby, a local forager and teacher (who also makes excellent wild edibles videos) gave me the education I was looking for. She created a video honoring this spring flower, which she says she enjoys in salads! I'm going to try that ASAP.
Carly lives and eats from a hilltop in Cummington, Massachsuetts and part time in Schenectady, NY.