The plants around us. Volum III The plant around us. Volume III. Etwining project - Page 11

GASTRONOMIC USE The bark and leaves are toxic, various reports suggest that the seeds and the young pods of the black locust are edible. In Romania the flowers are sometimes used to produce a sweet and perfumed jam. This means manual harvesting of flowers, eliminating the seeds and boiling the petals with sugar, in certain proportions, to obtain a light sweet and delicate perfume jam The bark, leaves, and wood are toxic to both humans and livestock. Important constituents of the plant are the toxalbumin robin, which loses its toxicity when heated, and robinin, a nontoxic glucoside. MEDICINAL USE A beneficial infusion can be prepared with a teaspoonful of black locust flowers and a cup of water. Drinking this after meals helps to alleviate burning in the stomach and is helpful for people with gastritis. Hot black locust tea helps in treating cough, sore throat, bronchitis and asthma. The blossoms of the black locust are known for their diuretic, emollient and anti- spasmodic properties. Some also consume cooked flowers to relieve eye problems.