The American Basswoods or Linden trees are starting to bloom and their sweet aroma can be smelled up to a mile away. Even Barista Liz George told me that she goes crazy for the smell of the trees every year (sure, right Liz, it’s “the trees” that are making you crazy).
Many towns on the east coast have planted the fast growing, stately trees along our towns streets. Also known as the “bee tree” because of the large amount of nectar they make and the rich honey they produce. To me, they smell like a combination of Jasmine and Lemon blossoms.
Basswoods are planted all over Baristaville. They have a heart shaped leaf and small white flowers. In the late summer, they put out small, green pea-like berries attached to a small skinny, light green leaf that looks like the seed from an Ash tree. My daughter fondly calls the Basswoods “the birthday tree” for the massive amount of crap that drops all over the sidewalks (that she thinks resembles confetti) after the tree is done blooming.
One of the facts about the Basswood tree that you won’t find on Wikipedia is that it is delicious. Ok, how many times has this happened to you? You have a basswood tree and are trying to find a new exciting way to prepare it for dinner. You could de-bark the Basswood tree, remove the branches (leaves and flowers) and serve the tree as you would any tree dinner. Oh why-oh-why did Rovco stop making the “Super Bass-o matic 76“? Seriously people, do not eat this tree, it’s just another day of Holly and her usual hijinks.
What smells in the air make you crazy?