Follow these tips to help you locate free food such as fruit, berries, and nuts right in your own neighborhood. Whether you live in a city or a rural area there is usually edible plants all around you if you know what to look for and are willing to ask. You too can learn to forage for tasty fruit and nuts.
Start Walking More
Find a good time of day that you can go for a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. If you need to, do some research at the library or on the internet to help you identify different fruit and nut trees. You will be surprised at the number of edible fruit and nut trees you can locate. If you can find just one day a week to walk, you will greatly increase your chances of finding free food in your neighborhood.
Start Talking More
Have a meet and greet with those neighbors that have fruit and nuts available on their property. Many people inherited their land and their grandparents planted trees and berry vines and bushes. Some of these people are not even aware of what they have on their property. Take advantage of this free food and ask for permission to pick whatever is available. Of course if you notice that your neighbors pick the fruit or nuts it probably is not a good idea to ask.
Many people will love for you to pick up the nuts off their lawn or the apples or pears before they fall and rot on the ground. Some neighbors will be very happy for you to pick up fallen nuts and fruit because they will not have to later when they mow.
Look Around While Sitting At Red Lights
Start taking note of areas with blackberry and blueberry bushes. When you are sitting at a red light, forget checking your phone and look around at your surroundings. You may be amazed at what you never noticed in your own neighborhood. Many berry bushes will grow close to intersections. Some people will choose not to pick near roads because of car fumes. You may find better luck at areas that are more rural. If there is plenty for the taking, it will be worth the drive.
Spend More Time at Your Local Park
If you happen to be lucky enough to live close to a wooded park then your chances of finding free food will increase. If your park has a river or creek, several species of nuts and fruit thrive in these areas. Black walnut trees and blackberries love to grow near water.
Get your kids involved while taking them to the park. Help them to identify fruit and nut trees. Most neighborhoods have a park and all have trees of some sort.
If home owners see you are a friendly neighbor, most people do not mind if you pick fruit and nuts from their property. With the high cost of groceries these days it makes no sense to spend money on gas to drive to the store to buy berries and other fruits and nuts when you can pick them from your own neighborhood. A good supply of free food, such as blackberries, apples, grapes, and black walnuts can usually be gathered using these methods. Get to know your neighborhood and your neighbors. It will help lower your grocery bill and provide your family with free home grown food.
As always, do your homework and positively identify any plant before picking for edible uses.
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