I have never made it out to harvest the emerging spring shoots and enjoy them as a tempura, but will probably do so someday. The plant deserves its common name as you can see, there is a price for spring shoots.
Even without edible parts, there are other benefits to this little forest that I saved. Above it comes forth like candles in the spring as the buds begin to form. Then it becomes the best place for pollinators of all types as the blossoms open.
It is a song fest of buzzing and fluttering until the fall when the little flowers become dark berries, food for robins, blue birds and other berry eaters. If I remember I will post a fall photo or two.