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Free Fruit from your Neighbors Answered

This nytimes article shows just how easy it can be to get free local fruit from trees in your neighborhood. If it's hanging over onto public property, you can go for it. Of course, it's even better to meet the owner and even trade some of your own bounty.

I do this pretty often. In my own backyard I get free figs from one neighbor's tree that extends into our space, raspberries off a vine on our fence and oranges from a tree in our yard.

Neighbor, Can You Spare a Plum?


mint tea is really easy ... especially with fresh mint leaves ! i get my mint straight from the garden :-) where it kinda invaded the nasturtiums i had growing ...

Well..my neighbours seem to grow "other" things in their yard, that don't really interest me, but we do have mint and beautiful roses that poke through the fence. Mint vinegar is really easy to make and it looks oh-so-gourmet ;0)

I misnamed it- we called it mint sauce-it's been a long time. lol !! I spend a lot of time with my wonderful three year old granddaughter who says such sweet things as, "I do it my big self!" "Mint vinegar" is actually quite literal lol, but as I said, we called it "Mint sauce". We used it (and still do) on lamb chops. (if you are a a vegitarian-sorry I don't want to gross you out)

Seems they have the same conundrum to charge for "Pro" membership. Growing up there were a lot of "public" crabapple trees. Made for good projectiles.

I thought they are poisonous?

Sour-tasting, maybe, but poisonous, no.

Hmm, still not convinced though... It will take me some time.

Maybe "crab apples" are a different species in the US?

Yes, I have been told in america that crab apples are poisonous, different species in the UK, that is good. :-) I am convinced now, also I read the link too, thanks.

Oh no! It'd be bad if someone read this thread and got confused and ate poisonous fruit. D:

not poisonous...but if you eat too many unprocessed ones you'll have the world's worst gut-rot...

I see a few (non-crab) apple trees from the bus, and there's a pear tree outside my office, well in the car-park really - going to collect some this year. L

Sharing herbs is great. I get way too much from the herbs in my window box. I can easily bring a handful when visiting friends, and still have plenty for myself.

We had a great apple tree in San Francisco. Once I heard parrots squawking. It was really loud. I went to the back door and witnessed the flock of parrots that lives in San Francisco* completely stripping the apple tree. All of the ripe fruit was gone in about 7 minutes then they were gone.

Careful with mint. Some can be really invasive and spread like crazy. Best to plant it in a pot. It grows really well. I love the smell. Plant it in a window box where the wind blows into the house and you smell it inside when the window is open.

I can't grow tomatoes or peppers (too cold and not enough sun in San Francisco). I'd love to find a friend with tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are amazingly easy, abundant and flavorful. I should look around. There must be a cherry tomato that would produce on my balcony.

I'm in an apartment now, so mostly limited to herbs in the window boxes. I can do lettuce too, but I can lose half a plant in one salad. Don't steal your neighbor's lettuce! (well maybe one leaf for a sandwich)

Go meet the neighbors and you'll get wayy more fruit. We have about 7 fruit trees with four types of fruit, and have more produce than we can give away. It can really be a pain...we don't want it to go bad, but none of our friends want any more.