You guys are no help!! LOL
My neighbor along the back fence has them all down the fence line. I harvest off his trees ...
The pods are crunchy and kinda mild tasting - similar to snow pea pods. I really like them in salads or eat instead of potato chips with my ranch dressing.
It takes A LOT of flowers to make jelly or syrup.
Here's the recipe:
Red Bud Jelly (You can also use rose petals and made Rose Petal Jam)
4 cups Red Bud blooms or rose petals
1 Box Surejell or pectin
5 Cups Sugar
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Qt. Boiling water
After gathering the blossoms, pick out any leaves, twigs, etc and then rinse them.
Pour boiling water over blossoms. Cover and refrigerate ovenight.
The next day strain and discard blossoms. You can leave for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave it the better the flavor.
Measure juice and add water to bring up to 1 qt. Pour in pan and add lemon juice and Surejell. Bring to a roiling boil.
Add sugar and bring to 2nd rolling boil, stirring constantly allowing to boil 1 minute. Skim off foam, pour into sterlized jars and seal. Yield: 6 pints (more or less)
You know GG I have no idea what kind of red bud trees they are but the flowers are more purple/hot pink than red. There is a white variety around here too but it is not as common.