[NAFEX] Fruit trees in the City
spidra at speakeasy.net
Sat Sep 23 12:48:04 EDT 2006
On Sep 23, 2006, at 6:48 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> Los Banos, California's streets are lined with Carob Trees.
> Despite the
> many poor folk in the area, no one picks the fruit. The pods fall on
> ground and are swept up and dumped.
The street behind my grammar school in South Pasadena had carob trees
planted down it. I was told that the Seventh Day Adventists had
planted carob near schools in South Pasadena and Pasadena in the late
19th century. Even though I liked unsweetened carob, I didn't often
bother with them. They need a lot of processing to use. And most
Americans wouldn't know they were edible. The trees stink something
awful, too. There are better choices of public fruit trees.
A lot of it is how removed most Americans are from nature. People
don't know how to identify edible plants, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, etc.
There are some easy ones - like even the most citified person around
here knows Himalaya blackberry when they see it - but I've seen
homeless encampments a block from a large stand of feijoa that rarely
got harvested. Eventually it was discovered by me and some Chinese
ladies who worked at a local chocolate factory. We were the only ones
I ever saw harvesting it.
I've spent a lot of my adult life just barely making it so I guess I've
always had it in the back of my mind to be prepared if I became
homeless. I've made a mental note of where there are any edibles that
aren't on private land. For different reasons, others have too:
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