8 Locust Locust species TIMING: spring-summer (foliage, pods)
Locusts are a large brown bean produced by trees and favoured by animals (and humans) for centuries. These trees are high in sugar and protein and beneficial nutrients.
Carob locust ( Ceratonia silique) is literally chocolate for cows. The female tree produces pods that drop when ripe. It is a slow-growing, long-lived tree evergreen tree that does not tolerate frost or waterlogging but is very hardy in a hot, dry climate. Honey locusts ( Gleditsia triacanthos, also known as gleditsia) will tolerate frosts and wetter climates and produces a high yield of pods. Thornless varieties can be sourced.
Both are legumes, so it is likely but unknown if they fix nitrogen in the soil.