Local Foraging in La Jolla and Pacific Beach

1. Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis

Origin: Amazon

Family: Passifloraceae

strained juiced makes really

good jelly with sugar and pectin.

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2. Pommegranate (Punica granatum) Family: Lythraceae

Origin: Middle East

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3. Rose hips (Rosa canina)

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: Eurasia

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4. Strawberry guava

(Psidium cattleyanum)

Family: Myrtaceae

Origin:South America

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5. Elder berries

(Sambucus caerulea)

Family: Adoxaceae

Origin:Mexico

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6. Yucca blossoms

(Yucca filamentosa)

Family: Asparagaceae

Origin: American Southwest

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7. Natal plums or Noemnoem

(Carissa macrocarpa)

Family: Apocynaceae

Origin:South Africa

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8. Dragon tree fruit

(Dracaena draco)

Family: Asparagaceae

Origin: Canary Islands

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9. Olives (need to be brined)

(Elea europea)

Family: Oleaceae

Origin: Mediterranean

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10. Yellow figs

(Ficus carica)

Family: Moraceae

Origin: Eurasia

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11. Purple figs

(Ficus carica)

Family: Moraceae

Origin: Eurasia

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12. Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) 

Family: Ericaceae

Origin: Mediterranean

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13. Nochtli, prickly pear fig,

Tuna

(Opuntia ficus indica) Family: Cacaceae

Origin: Central America

young leaves also edible as nopales.

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14. Rosemary

(Salvia rosmarinus)

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: Mediterrean
very good in bread, stews etc.

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15. Strawberry

(Fragaria spec.)

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: America Eurasia

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16. Queen palm

(Syagrus spec.)

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: South America

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17. Mexican apple, Sleep Sapote, Cochitzapotl (Casimiroa edulis) Family: Rutaceae

Origin: Mexico

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18. Macademia nuts (Macademia spec.) Family: Grevilleoidea

Origin: Australia

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19. Banana

(Musa spec)

burro and manzanita varieties Family: Musaceae

Origin: Papua New Guinea

Flowers are edible cooked or 

fried.

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20. Apple

(Malus domestica) Family: Rosaceae

Origin: Eurasia

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21. Papaya

(Carica papaya)

Family: Caricaceae

Origin: Central America

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22. Avocado

(Persea americana) Family: Lauraceae

Origin: Central America

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23. Kumquat

(Citrus japonica)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: China

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24. Sugar cane

(Saccharum officinarum) Family: Poaceae

Origin: Papua New Gunea

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25. Torrey pine nuts

(Pinus torreyana)

all over campus  

Family: Pinaceae

Origin: local, endemic)

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26. Yellow Guava

(Psidium guayava) Family: Myrtaceae

Origin: South America

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27. Mango

(Mangiferra indica) small but sweet, they are right at the edge of their range in San Diego Family: Anacardiaceae

Origin: India

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28. African fern tree (Podocarpus grecilor) do not eat too many, better cooked

Family: Podocarpaceae

Origin: Aethiopia

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29. Bottle brush tree nectar (Callistemmon spec.)

you can harvest the copious nectar by simply slapping the flowers again the pal of your hand and licking your hand.

Family: Myrtaceae

Origin: Australia

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30. Mulberry

(Morus spec.)

silk worm larvae are also edible

Family: Moraceae

Origin: East Asia

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31. Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis)

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: Mediterranean

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32. Firethorn berries

(Pyracanthus spec.)

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: Mediterranean

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33. Indian Hawhtorn

(Raphiolepsis indica)

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: India

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34. Loquoat

(Eriobotrya japonica)

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: China

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35. Hottentot fig (ice plants fruit)

(Carpobrotus edulis)

Family: Aizoaceae

Origin: South Africa

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36. Carob 

(Ceratonia siliqua)

Family: Fabaceae

Origin: Mediterrean

pods can be dried and ground into powder can be used to substitute cocoa powder.

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37. Nasturtium

(Tropaeolum majus)

Family: Brassicaceae

Origin: Centr & South America

flowers are nice and spicy

tasty in salads

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38. Kaffir lime leaves

(Citrus hystrix)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: South East Asia

leaves are excellent in Thai

curries and other dishes, 

rind of limes used in curries

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39. California coffee berry

California Buckthorn

(Frangula californica)

Family: Rhamnaceae

Origin: West Coast USA

rather bitter berries, seeds can be roasted for coffee substitute.

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40. Long Mulberry

(Morus macroura)

Family: Moraceae

Origin: Tibet

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41. Mexican bread fruit

Phylodendron

Fruit salad fruit

(Monstera deliciosa)

Family: Araceae

Origin: Central America

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42. Pomelo

(Citrus maxima)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: East Asia

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43. Grapefruit

(Citrus X paradisi)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: Carribean

Natural hybrid between

Pomelo and sweet orange

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44. Valencia Orange

(Citrus X sinensis)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: North America

Natural hybrid between

Pomelo and mandarin

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45. Sweet Lime

(Citrus limetta)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: East Asia

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46. Mandarins

(Citrus reticulata)

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: East Asia

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47. Sweet Fennel, wild anise

(Foeniculum vulgare)

Family: Apiaceae

Origin: Middle East

Invasive, escaped cultivation.

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49. Calendula, pot marigold

(Calendula officials)

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: Mediterranean

Petals are tasty. and pretty in salads or soups

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50. Sun flower

(Helianthus spec.)

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: North America

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51. Stinging Nettle

(Urtica dioica)

Family: Urticaceae

Origin: North America

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52. Sedge

(Cyperus)

Family: Cyperaceae

Origin: North Africa

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53. Cross berry

(Grewia occidentalis)

Family: Malvaceae

Origin: South Eastern Africa

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54. Lambsquarter

(Chenopodium album)

Family: Chenopodiaceae

Origin: Europe & Asia

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55. Carolina cherry

(Prunus Carolinians)

Family: Rosaceae

Origin: North America

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56. Wild Mustard

(Sinapis arvensis)

Family: Brassicaceae

Origin: Europe

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57. Brussel sprouts

(Brassica oleacea)

Family: Brassicaceae

Origin: Europe

58. Artichoke

(Cynara cardunculus)

Family:Asteraceae

Origin: Mediterranean

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59. Coffee

(Coffea arabica)

Family: Rubiceae

red cherries are edible, each has two seeds, that one can dry, roast and grind

to make coffee!

Origin: Ethiopia

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60. Bunya Bunya seeds (boiled)
(Auracaria bidwilii)

Family: Araucariaceae
origin: Northeast Australia

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61. Magenta Orach
(Atriplex hortensis)

Family: Amaranthaceae
origin: Mediterranean

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62. Peruvian Pepper Tree
(Schinus molle)
Family: Anacardiaceae
Seeds as pepper spice

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63. Jelly Palm

(Butia capitata)

Family: Arecaceae

origin: Brazil

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64. Cuban Laurel Fig

(Ficus microcarpa nitida)

Family: Moraceae

Origin: Asia

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65. Canary Date Palm

(Phoenix canariensis)

Family: Arecaceae

Canary Islands

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66. Bay Leaf

(Laurus nobilis)

Family: Lauraceae

Mediterranean

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67. New Zealand Flax seeds
(Phormium tenax)
Family: Asphodelaceae
Origin: New Zealand

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68. Kaki/Persimon
(Diospyros kaki)
Family: Ebenaceae
Origin: China

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69. California Buckwheat
(
Eriogonum fasciculatum)
Family:Polygonaceae
origin: Local

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70. Drumstick Tree
(Moringa oleifera)
Family: Brassicaceae
origin: India
Leaves, pods and seeds are all edible

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71. Kaffir Plum
(Harpephyllum caffrum)
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: South Africa

 

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72. Acorns

(Quercus agrifolia)

Family: Fagaceae

Coastal live Oak

Origin: local

These have to be soaked and cooked

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73. Grapes
(Vitis vinifera)
Family: Vitaceae
Origin: Mesopotamia

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74. Suriname Cherry
(Eugenia uniflora)
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: South America

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75. Moreton Bay Fig
(Ficus macrophylla)
Family: Moraceae
Origin: Australia
many of these fruits have fig wasps in them: extra protein

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76. Lemonade berry
(Rhus integrifolia)
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: local

 

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77.Golden Rain
young shoots cooked,
berries roasted

(Kohlreuteria paniculata)
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: China

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78.Date palm
(Phoenix dactilyfera))
Family:Arecaceae
Origin:Arabia

 

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79. African Arrow root
(Canna indica)
Family: Cannaceae
Origin:South America
 

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80. Lemon Grass
(Cymbopogon calciphilus)
Family: Poaceae
Origin: Asia

Mushrooms

Salt loving agaric

(Agaricus bernardii)

Origin: local

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Oak loving bolete

(Xerocomellus dryophilus)

Origin: local

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Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus gilbertsonii),

Origin: local

only the young ones are tasty (sautéed with butter, salt and pepper) served with a home made bagel 

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Honey mushrooms

(Armillaria melei)

local, served on baguette

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White Morels

(Morchella edulis)

local in newly disitributed

mulch.

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Flowers

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Column 1: Leptospermum, California poppy, Rosemary, Wild Lily, acacia, Protea (South African), Cyclamen, African daisy, Apple, Mango

Column  2: Cherry, Mimosa acacia, Agapanthus, Rudbeckia, Cistus rock rose, Calandrina (Chile), Aloe 1, Arbutus undo,azalea, Camelia, Viola

Column  3:  peach, Pride of Madeira, Crocosmia, Caistemon, Jade plant, Lantana, Gentian, Tibuchina, Tebebuya, Centaurea

Column 4: Aloe, spiny, iris, Aloe, Albizia, had plant, Sea Lavender, India Hawthorne, Popy, Cactus

Column 5:  Kangaroo paw, Fresia, Kawakami pear, Cape Honey suckle, Strelizia, Aloe, Poppy, Marygold,Erythrina (corral tree), Natal plum 

Column 6: Nasturtium, Ceanothus, purple hibiscus, Aeonium “Zwartkopf”, Polygala, Blue iris, Iceplant, Iris, Fresia

Column 7: Yucca, pitcher plant (Nepentes), Wisteria, red bud (cerise occidentals), Camelia japonica with lemons, Geranium,Camelia, Jasmine, Phlomis (Jerusalem Sage)

Column 8: Rose , Calla Lily, Lily of the Nile, Sage with lemons, Daisy, Tradescantia, Solandra, white daisy, Lantana 

Column 9: Brugmansia, Foxglove red, Digitalis white, snapdragon, Bauhinia, Periwinkle, Scarlet trumpet vine, day lily

Column 10: daisy, legume, white azalea, sage, red snap dragon, narcissus, aloe

Edible Flower petals for Cake decoration

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