The Atlantic Cities, usually a lively source of midday distraction and helpful information on urban studies and development, really delivers today with a charming piece on Falling Fruit, a remarkably useful web-resource for foragers in the dense urban jungle.
The site, a comprehensive database of common city trees with edible offshoots, includes enough edible growth in a couple of key Detroit neighborhoods to provide for a lively feast of natural splendor — urban farms entirely excluded.
Cities calls it a "map of the urban orchard," but it might be better to call Detroit's bounty a map of the left-behind gardens of yesterday.
There's apparently a passable apple tree on the corner of Cass and Palmer in Midtown, and another bunch of apple trees in a few central blocks of Woodbridge. Capitol Park's ginkgo trees provide ample ginkgo nuts for those who don't have enough time to wait for the new Papa Joe's to open up next year.
From rhubarb hiding in Lafayette Park to the blackberry bunches sprinkled throughout the Villages, the Falling Fruit database is a perfect excuse to hop on a bike this weekend and explore some of the city's secret food spaces. (Snacks included).
· Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On [The Atlantic Cities]
· Falling Fruit Database [Official]