Scientific Name(s): Aralia spinosa
What: young leaves
Where: sunny fields
Nutritional Value: vitamins, flavanoids, phytochemicals
Dangers: very thorny
Close-up of spines on young tree (found on trunk and branches)
Unripe fruit photographed in August in Houston. Ripe fruit is red but NOT edible.
Leaves have a compound opposite layout.
Young leaves in the spring.
The young leaves of the Devil's Walking Stick tree can be eaten in the spring before the spines on the leaf stems stiffen. Finely chop the leaves then cook. The non-edible berries form in large clusters, starting out green in mid-summer and then turn red around September.