Common Name Yellowhorn
Origin N China
Edible Flowers, Leaves, Seed
Xanthoceras sorbifolium (yellowhorn, shiny leaf yellowhorn, goldenhorn, Chinese flowering chestnut) is a woody perennial in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is native to northern China in the provinces of Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Shaanxi, and Shandong.
Flowers can be eaten cooked. They are usually boiled. Leaves can also be cook the same manner. The seed is about the size of a pea, it is quite sweet, with a taste like a sweet chestnut. The seed is husked and then ground into a powder and boiled.
Dormant plants are hardy to about -20°c and it will need careful placement to survive winter in our location. Worth a try, anyone else growing it?