[NAFEX] Fruit trees in the City

Spidra Webster 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 
> the
> 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:


Spidra Webster

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