Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Urban Fruit Foraging With the Gray Lady

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Wild plums along the Boise River.
  • Tara Morgan
  • Wild plums along the Boise River.

The Aug. 14 issue of The New York Times featured an article on Kelly Callahan, a woman who forages fruit from foreclosed homes in Atlanta, Ga.

“I don’t think of it as stealing,” she said. “These things were planted by a person who was going to harvest them. That person no longer has the ability to. It’s not like the bank people who sit in their offices are going to come out here and pick figs.”

Well, fancy that. Coincidentally, an article in the upcoming Aug. 17 issue of BW will also look into urban fruit foraging. In the article, I traverse Hulls Gulch with the help of the Boise Urban Foods Google map and also chat with local cider maker and wild-apple forager John Dadabay. Here's a quote from Dadabay discussing local wild plums that didn't make it into the article:

"My wild plum tree is loaded with plums, and it’s such an old variety that the plum tree has thorns on it," said Dadabay. "The thorns were bred out of plums because nobody wants to deal with thorns, but this variety is so old that the branches actually have thorns and plums. The plums are absolutely delicious. They’re not real big either."

To read the full article, check out Year of Idaho Food on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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