Flowers - cooked: Rich in pollen, they are often used in fritters. The damaged bark exudes copious amounts of a very acidic gum that seems to show promise for use in pickles and other acidic foodstuffs. A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers and a green dye is obtained from the seed pods.
The Edible Arbor Walk is a project intended to give the community hands on opportunities to see where their food comes from. Park patrons consume trees from the Edible Arbor Walk at their own discretion.
Trees are planted by volunteers of the Elgin community. All trees donated to the Elgin Parks & Recreation Department, and purchased by the Elgin Parks & Recreation Department, are the property of the City of Elgin. The City of Elgin retains the right to move, replace or discard trees as necessary.