Supplied from Plants for a Future site:
An unusual edible that can be grown in UK back gardens (though it is very prickly).
The leaves have a unique savoury herby aroma, not too dissimilar to bay leaves.
You can add these young leaves raw to flavour salads, cook gently as a side vegetable, add to soups or even boil and drink if you fancy an an adventurous and unusual tea.
Also known as the Japanese prickly ash, contains potent oils in the leaves, roots and bark. Young fresh leaves are called Kinome.
Here is the data sheet from the plants for a future database: