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Free food in Berkeley!

If you’re anything like me, you love a good deal…

Particularly, if you end up getting something for free!

When we were traveling around the country in our RV, we were always on the lookout for fruit trees. Because, we knew not only could we get our produce for free, but that fruit picked fresh from the tree almost always tastes better (unless you get a crab apple.)

Now you can find free fruit using the web…

A friend of ours forwarded over an email from Wildman Steve Brill — he’s probably the world’s most famous forager. We’ve been to at least 4-5 of his classes back east in the New York and Connecticut area.

Wildman Steve shared a link to a site called Edible Cities.

The site is a google map application that allows you to find or add fruit trees that are in your neighborhood.

It’s basically a crowd-sourced map of free food.

I know… you probably just peed your pants a little bit in excitement like I did when I heard about it. (Just a joke guys, just a joke.)

Anyway, Steve mentioned that is was only in Berkeley, CA and so I took a look and found that our neighborhood is pretty well marked up with all different types of fruit.

I even added a fig tree that I found in a parking lot the other day.

But what I wanted to know was… why only in Berkeley?

So I zoomed out a bit and discovered that there were a few small clusters throughout the United States!

I guess Steve didn’t fully understand the concept. Theoretically, you can search for a fruit tree just about anywhere.

The reason I say theoretically is because there are only a few small spots across the country right now.

There are two trees in Salt Lake City as of now…


And someone in the Silver Lake, Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, CA went crazy!

Here a screenshot of that neighborhood’s fruit tree bounty (I’d be willing to guess that it was one of you guys, LOL!)…


This could be the most useful health site since Find A Spring…

Another site similar to this idea is where you can locate natural springs in any area around the U.S. and beyond. That site is always growing and I suspect this one will too.

We used often during our RV travels as well.

Here’s how much this site has grown over the last few years, every pin is a spring!


The Good and the Bad of Edible Cities

When I first visited the site, I immediately thought of the good and bad of this site.

First — the negative — everyone might find out about my secret stash! But that scarcity mindset went away really quick, when I realized that everyone else’s stash could be revealed as well and it’s likely that there will be plenty of fruit to go around.

Second, as a positive, I realized that I might end up running into and meeting other foragers at these regular spots. So the site is also affords you a great opportunity to make like-minded friends.

Wait, isn’t fruit and sugar bad for you because it’s high glycemic?

Come on guys…

Grabbing a piece of fruit off of a tree and eating it is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Lighten up a bit!

The people at Edible Cities (and hungry foragers all over the world) need your help!

This business is a non-profit organization. What that means is that they either need money or they need your time.

What I think is most valuable to them now is that we help them out and fill out this giant map of the world with all the locations of public fruit trees in your city, town or neighborhood.

This was if anyone is cruising through town they can stop in for a bite to eat as well!

Here’s where to go to search your city and start adding locations now…

Visit Edible Cities and Add Some Fruit Trees Now!

Note: Please be sure to read the guidelines and ethics statements about adding trees!

Your Question of the Day: Are there any public fruit trees in your town?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. April says:

    I saw this on a show a while ago with Al Roker. It definitely showed the good and bad. The worst was people standing on people’s fences reaching to the point that it was unsafe and also in someone else’s yard! Some people take the free and keep reaching for more. But I do think it’s a good idea if people can be respectful.

  2. Julia says:

    That’s cool, hope it grows. Here in Phoenix, AZ we have olive trees growing all over the place like a weed. There’s also lots of other wild edibles like tons of wild chamomile and cactus tuna, which are so yummy.

  3. Bill Murphy says:

    What an awesome idea. I will check it out.

    Here on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia there are plenty of Mango trees growing in public areas or hanging over peoples fences just ready to be harvested when the time is right.

    This is the case in most cities throughout our region, but unfortunately, the conditions have to be right for the trees to bear fruit and there is only a short window of opportunity between when the fruit is ripe and when they are eaten by fruit bats and possums, so you have to be prepared!

  4. Valesa says:

    I live in Alaska. Not much in the way of fruit trees grow up here! There are some hardy apple trees that have been introduced, but those are in people’s yards or in the only orchard I’m aware of up here (they charge by the pound to harvest in the fall).

    Now if they had this for berries, we’d be doing great! Lots of spots for blueberries, raspberries, and crowberries here in Anchorage.

  5. Bill Murphy says:

    I just posted the first two in Australia. Come on Aussies! Get this happening down here!

  6. Velda says:

    Bummer, none in the Sacramento area!!

  7. James Thomas says:

    nice idea, but the program is still buggy. I am working on OSX. When I hold down the opt or control key, a pop up menu appears. But it does not let me go further than this. My cursor stays glued to the menu, and does not let me select the specific trees in my neighborhood that I would like to share with others. I hope the developers fix this glitch soon. Also, notice where you live Kevin, that the predominate trees listed are lemons? I am in Hawaii right now… not looking forward to going home… There sure is an abundance of free food here, especially coconuts, avocados, bananas, breadfruit, lemons!

  8. Jo says:

    Seems to me most fruit trees would be privately owned these days. As for wild
    plants in Az mountains, there might be a
    few cactus, but beware about eating any
    as it is illegal here.

  9. LynnCS says:

    Gonna check…Thanks for the heads up. Also take a look at the site from some kids in San Fran who are grafting fruit branches onto city trees. I hope they can keep it up and don’t get stopped. They take care of them and keep the area cleaned etc. It’s a great Youtube video to see what they are doing. Gotta love them and what they’re doing.

  10. Sarah says:


    You are hilarious!!

    I love you jokes

  11. Rebecca Cody says:

    The only one in Washington is for blackberries! Heck, the western third of this state has been overrun by blackberries! But this is fun. If I find any public fruit trees I’ll add them.

  12. LynnCS says:

    Didn’t find anything on the map in my area for now. I had pear and apple trees in the area I lived before this. When picking season came we called “The Gleaners.” They pick for themselves and the needy. A great way to make sure your fruit gets used by those who otherwise wouldn’t get any good food. I am surprised you fell for the whole fruit is bad/high glycemic. We live on sugar. Natural fruit with it’s high fiber content is the best food ever. Get real with fruit and all the great nutrition it provides. You’re behind the curve on understanding it’s value…Or are you just joking around?

  13. Suzanne says:

    There is an orange tree in the back yard and the fruit is sweet and juicy! The apple tree has blossoms that are “snowing” as they fall. My neighbor has a lemon tree that periodically drops a bright yellow ball over the fence just for me! There are several small plum trees around the block…soon enough there will be more fruit than can be reached by passers by…so they drop and get squished…and secret patches of blackberrries here and there!..and oh yes… an apricot tree that manages to continue to bloom-we’ll see how the crop will turn out at the end of june…there is nothing as wonderous as a sun ripened, warm, soft, juicy apricot picked from the tree with deep gratitude and popped in one’s mouth..oh, the joys of being human! I live about 5 miles from you, Kevin!

  14. Nik says:

    How is it possible to do such a website like edible fruit trees. with map and markers and search field?

  15. Oleander says:

    Yes, I hate to see fruit going to waste, falling on the pavement ( unfortunately, I’m usually driving by!) But I’m wondering about the polution re eating fruit from city trees? obviously, if someone is starving, better to eat poluted fruit than none.
    By the way, I wholeheartedly agree with Lynn re fruit. To me it’s essential and provides some of the most amazing flavours and textures on Earth! (Like Paradise!)

    Oleander UK

  16. kat says:

    This is great!

    I learned a something really wonderful from Kaitlyn Keyt, creator of Vibes Up regarding our intake of food. Basically she said we can actually raise or lower the vibration of the food we eat with our thinking. If you think you’re eating something polluted and horrible, then it certainly won’t be enhancing your overall well being. However, if you change your thinking to something like, “WOW! This is the best fruit ever, right off the tree.” It will serve your body in a much higher way. It really resonated with me, after all, our bodies hear everything we say.

  17. zyxomma says:

    Terrific resource. Hope it gets updated (there’s more to NY than some blackberry bushes near a parkway).

  18. Pamela says:

    None in Chicagoland area 🙁

  19. Annette says:

    Nothing near me in VA… :`( Need to move to CA, ya’ll have the best stores, farmers markets and a lot of organics from what I heard.

  20. Eric says:

    My guru says utility is the principle, so these websites seem a very good idea, even
    with the attendant problems. As far as kat’s idea about our thinking affecting the food we
    eat, I feel she is making a very important point. In Bhakti-yoga practice, one tries to realize that EVERYTHING is a gift from the Supreme. Therefore, we bhakti-yogis practice
    offering whatever we eat to the Supreme,
    first. Then the offering is considered Prasa-
    dam, mercy. Then all the free fruit, in con-
    sideration, is wisely utilized, and not just
    for one’s own sense gratification. Selah and

  21. susan says:

    here on the gulf coast of florida it it a veritable wealth of free food, in my neighborhood people even put free baskets of starfruit, grapefruit, oranges, etc, just to get then off the ground and “ruin” their lawns. lemons loquats of course coconuts on and on, since this is a relatively affluent area most “people” don’t want to bother with the hassle of old fruit trees that might have been planted decades ago. an enterprizing person can spend all year harvesting, drying, canning all the extra bounty of this tropical land. And if it is on someones land usually, with the right attitude, they are totally willing to share because they can’t handle the amount they have. we won’t even go into the wild stuff that can be had although a little more unfamiliar with alot of readers. for instance swamp cabbage, the heart of Sabal Palm that i just had 2 days ago, very tasty like an artichoke heart.

  22. susan says:

    as an after thought here reviewing the comments i’m thinking that perhaps people don’t know what to look for, i was raised on plant and tree identification and i bet i could find something in Virginia and yes even Chicago where my boyfriend grew up and knew every local tree. AND how much exploring do people do, do you walk in a state park and look for hickory nuts, they could be indeed there. SO if people have some knowlegde of what they are looking for in the edible department and make the effort to look around they might find there is more than you think in ones neighborhood

  23. Donna says:

    I live in central florida. What we do in our neighborhood is me and some of the local kids,pack up our little red wagon and go door to door and either sell cheap or trade for the fruit they have to offer. It is a win-win project.

  24. Hi Everybody,

    I’m one of the founders of Edible Cities and wanted to post a quick reply…

    First off – thanks for all of your comments and many thanks to those of you that have added edibles in your area. You rock!

    Now to answer some of your comments:

    A number of comments to this story (and emails we got directly) express disappointment that the fruit and edible plant mapping hasn’t been done in that area. That’s simply a matter of timing – the website was launched very recently, and the word is just getting out. So you’re probably the first in your area to see it, and we’re depending on ‘crowd sourcing’ (ie you and your friends) to find edibles in your hood and add them to the map. This is your opportunity to be a trailblazer! The one best thing you can do for Edible Cities is to let your friends know about this new resource.

    I’ve done most of the mapping in Berkeley, and found that a lot of the fun was in identifying and adding the tree to the map. As always, please map and forage responsibly – indicate if the source is public or not in your comments (public is better). If foraging, be sure to be respectful and ask the property owners for permission if there is any question that the fruit might not be public. Most people are more than happy to share, and in fact want to get rid of excess fruit.

    James Thomas – We’d like to learn more about any bug your experiencing. In general OSX should work fine; we have tested and debugged the site using Macs so running OSX. ‘Right click’ anywhere on the map should bring up the ‘add tree’ dialogue box (two finger tap on a mac pad). Please contact us directly at if this still doesn’t work for you and will work on a fix.

  25. Nicole (Australia) says:

    I love this, If only the local councils would plant more fruit trees in public places??? I will keep my eye out for any in Melbourne!!!

  26. Bummer. There’s only 1 tree (loquat?) within 100 miles in any direction of me. 🙁 What a great concept though!

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