Falling Fruit – Mapping the urban harvest

We came across fallingfruit.org while brainstorming ways to make use of the abundant fruit this year. It is a brilliant website that helps connect local needs to local resources. Learn more about abundant fruit ideas on the Low-Hanging Fruit Press page.

About fallingfruit.org:

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.

The project is free and open source. Support them with a few bucks if you find the site useful.

Their map uses a combination of crowdsourced information and city tree data to locate edible plants all around the world.

We began a conversation with FallingFruit and the City of Goshen in order to get the City of Goshen’s public tree inventory on the map.  They are now visible on fallingfruit.org.

fallingfruit screenshot

Of the over 15,000 trees in the City’s tree inventory, nearly 1/3 of them have some sort of use for human consumption.

Count Type
5 American beech
28 Apple
17 Apple serviceberry
2 Apricot
2 Autumn-olive
9 Beech
51 Black cherry
19 Black locust
54 Black maple
25 Black tupelo
235 Black walnut
1 Black walnut,Persian walnut
13 Bur oak
1 Butternut hickory
56 Cherry
2 Chestnut
5 Chinkapin oak
1 Chokecherry
106 Common hackberry
554 Crabapple
45 Eastern red bud
143 Eastern white pine
6 English oak
2 European beech
1 European linden
12 European pear
60 Ginkgo
165 Hackberry
123 Hawthorn
15 Hickory
362 Honey locust
33 Kentucky coffeetree
1 Kousa dogwood
149 Mulberry
1 Mulberry,Hackberry
47 Northern red oak
8 Ohio buckeye
63 Paper birch
1 Pawpaw,Sassafras
6 Peach
342 Pear (Note: most are ornamental, not fruit bearing)
14 Plum
5 Rose of sharon
2 Sassafras
35 Serviceberry
27 Shagbark hickory
27 Small-leaved linden
1619 Sugar maple
88 Swamp white oak
142 White oak
269 White pine

 

 

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