Urban Foraging - Share Your Finds

#1

Here is a picture of a beautiful loquat tree I found in front of an abandoned house while walking my dog in a random neighborhood while waiting for my Thai food to be ready to go.

What I gathered:

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #2

I haven’t had loquats in years. Very nice find!

I identified a mulberry tree on my walking route the other day. Unfortunately I was a few days late for gathering fruit.

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(John Hartley) #3

We have a nature reserve in the village.

It was farmland for centuries then, in the early 1920s, the local council acquired it as a refuse landfill site. They stopped using it in 1980 and, before handing it over to a local charity to operate, put a thin layer of soil over it which allowed plant growth to start. The charity doesnt actually encourage visitors to take the fruit but, also, doesnt actively discourage it either. So, I always feel it’s OK to take a few damsons and blackberries when I go for a walk. From time to time, the idea is raised of planting a community orchard but, so far, nothing has come of it.

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#4

Next year, @meatn3! :slight_smile:

I found a beautiful tangerine tree last year, it was huge, of an older breed, but I can’t remember where it was. I still look for it, they were the best tangerines I’ve ever had.

The old trees have fruit that is completely different from what we get now in supermarkets and farmers markets.

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#5

We had a loquat tree in the backyard when I was a kid and loquats were my favorite fruit. They were a much brighter orange than the ones in your photo, though. Honestly I’ve never had loquats since that tasted like the ones at home. I keep trying, and I keep on being disappointed. :frowning:

The people across the street have some lovely apricot and plum trees in the front yard - but we never take the fruit unless it’s actually fallen onto the sidewalk.

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#6

Is it okay if I found it in my yard when I bought this place?

Pineapple Guava flowers.

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #7

What planting zone are you in?

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#8

Sunset 14/15 I think, but a lot depends on ocean influence de jour. For me, best.spring. ever.

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#9

Time look for morels in the Shasta forest.

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #10

Being on the east coast I didn’t know what this was. Sounds like a great climate to garden! Posting it incase others wonder:

ZONE 14. Inland Northern and Central California with Some Ocean Influence
Growing season: early Mar. to mid-Nov., with rain coming in the remaining months. Periodic intrusions of marine air temper summer heat and winter cold (lows run from 26 degrees to 16 degrees F/-3 degrees to -9 degrees C). Mediterranean-climate plants are at home here.

ZONE 15. Northern and Central California’s Chilly-winter Coast-influenced Areas
Growing season: Mar. to Dec. Rain comes from fall through winter. Typical winter lows range from 28 degrees to 21 degrees F/-2 degrees to -6 degrees C. Maritime air influences the zone much of the time, giving it cooler, moister summers than Zone 14.

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#11

Just so you know, I am originally from Brooklyn, then Queens NYC, where my dad from Alabama grew so many tomatoes that I swore I would never eat another. I was wrong!

My kids are now in Queens and Orlando, so I realize it’s late. What’s up?

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #12

As a tomato lover I’m glad you saw the light!

I’ve been in my current area 11 years and I’m still trying to figure out gardening here. Spring is bipolar, usually short and then it’s summer scorch for 4-5 months.

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #13

I tend to be a night owl. Between jobs at the moment so it’s getting out of hand!

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#14

Wow. Well “0ut of hand” is relative. My sister is in Durham. That’s relative too!

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #15

Found several maypop vines in bloom while walking this evening. It’s right next to a busy road so I wouldn’t eat the fruit. But I have been looking for a native in an abandoned spot to transplant. This is between the guard rail and the sidewalk on a neglected stretch of earth.

Finally spotted a couple of elderberry shrubs that are accessible, on public land and away from car exhaust. They are in bloom now.

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(equal opportunity eater in the NC Triangle) #16

We’re almost neighbors! I’m in Raleigh.

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(Ailsa Konzelman) #17

I unintentionally spotted a morel at the cabin on Sunday.

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#18

I saw a huge tree that I thought was a lemon tree. I knocked on the door and found out it was a thirty-year old grapefruit tree! The scent of these grapefruits is incredible.

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#19

Apples, I have no idea what kind. They taste a bit like crab apples.

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(ChristinaM) #20

Wineberries in Pisgah Forest (Western NC)

My babe could not get enough!

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