Friday, November 8, 2013

Foraging "Feral" Fruits in an Urban Environment

November in the United States is about abundance and harvest, but America, in spite of it's ability to grow amazing amounts of edible harvests, still have a population not able to share in that feast.

The Daily Prism features another group, FallingFruit.org, that maps "feral" food sources across the globe.  Check the map out at:  http://fallingfruit.org/.

The resource website states: 

Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on a map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food. 

Our map of urban edibles is not the first of its kind, but we aspire to be the most comprehensive, bringing together the maps of foragers from all across the internet. We are also including edible species found in municipal tree inventories - databases of street (and sometimes private) trees used by cities, universities, and other institutions to manage the urban forest. This already amounts to 702 different types of edibles (most, but not all, are plant species) distributed over 606,101 locations. Beyond the cultivated and commonplace to the exotic flavors of foreign plants and the long-forgotten culinary uses of native plants, foraging in your neighborhood is a journey through time and across cultures. 

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