The plants around us. Volum III The plant around us. Volume III. Etwining project - Page 55

GASTRONOMIC USE The leaves can be eaten fresh cooked, however they can be bitter if they are no longer young, or used for tea. The fruits, of a pleasant and fresh taste can be consumed soon after they are formed. CURIOSITY It was much used by the Romans as ornamental and shade tree. In the past their leaves were served to pigs and cattle in the summer when pasture and other animal foods were scarce.