urban foraging sighting

A bicyclist pulled over and began picking the first ripe plums off a tree planted  in the sidewalk strip. The plums were super tiny and looked just slightly bigger then cherries. I plan on trying some myself to get to the bottom of this! A lot had already fell and were smashed on the sidewalk. That’s when I love projects like Forage Oakland.



From YumiYumis shop on EtsyFrom YumiYumi’s shop on Etsy

Two men picking loquats from the tree located out in front of a check cashing place at a busy intersection. The tall one picked and the other held open a plastic bag. Picked until it was full.

Loquat syrup is used in TCM to alleviate coughing and wheezing. It has a really great name – Pi Pa Ye. The syrup is made from the leaves but you can also make a tea. Just be sure to either put it in a cotton bag, or scrape the fuzzy part off of the leaf first or you may wind up coughing more!