Fried Maple Leaves Are A Thing People Eat In Japan During The Fall
Like potato chips, but made with leaves!
While most Americans view leaves as natural tree ornaments or a mess in the front yard, in Japan they're a fried delicacy.
Popular in the Osaka area in Northern Japan, the crispy treat, called momiji, is made by frying Japanese maple leaves in tempura batter.
Some people even preserve the leaves for a year in salt barrels before frying them, according to Kotaku. They are then fried in a slightly sweet batter made with sugar and sesame for about 20 minutes, until they get crispy.