Today, a gorgeous spring day, during a morning hike I recognized a scent that belongs to the springtime of my youth. I finally found a Robinia pseudoacacia in America, in full bloom with those beautifully scented flowers! Once you know it, looking around the hills in the Poconos you go… “Duh!” The white flowers, in the blooming season, are indeed quite common.
I have been nostalgic of some of the trees that were so common in Monselice, where I grew up in Italy: the Robinia, and the Jujube, to mention a couple.
Turns out, the Robinia is actually from the USA, Appalachian mountains to be exact, known as Black Locust. When it made it to Italy, in the 1600s, guess where it was first planted? In Padova, my hometown, at the Orto Botanico near the University. So I can now try to import in the US a common use of the Robinia flowers in Veneto, Italy: we bread them, deep fry them and enjoy. They are deliciously tasty!