Where we live, it is the season for Siberian elm fruits. These trees produce a certain type of fruit which is edible – a samara, similar to a maple tree fruit. Once dried, these small green fruits flutter to the ground and gather into piles which you can collect and rub between your hands to get the Siberian elm seeds, also edible. Today, we ate the samaras.
These are very easy to harvest lots of, very fast. I tasted a few raw as I was collecting them, and they do indeed have a pleasant, mild, slightly sweet flavor, as I read in my book. That all combines to taste like pretty much nothing with a hint of lettuce.
Overall, though, it’s a very pleasant fruit. The samara will only be good to eat raw for a couple of weeks, but when they’re done, I’m going to try the seeds and see what those are like.
I don’t think I know anyone who goes around eating “odd” foods like I do, but I figure it’s a good thing to know.