Step 5: Maple Seeds
That overflowing lot of seeds on your maple trees are edible. They can be eaten cooked, raw or dried...a lot of people like to toss them into their salads. They are best harvested in the spring while they're young, green and tender. The smaller they are, the sweeter. The bigger and older, the more bitter they get but can still be eaten.
Simply run your hand down the branch and gather by the bunch.