Local Foraging in La Jolla and Pacific Beach

Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis

Origin: Amazon

strained juiced makes really

good jelly with sugar and pectin.

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Pommegranate (Punica granatum) Origin: Middle East

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Rose hips (Rosa canina)

Origin: Eurasia

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Strawberry guava

(Psidium cattleyanum)

Origin:South America

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Elder berries

(Sambucus caerulea)

Origin:Mexico

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Yucca blossoms

(Yucca spec.)

Origin: American Southwest

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Natal plums or Noemnoem

(Carissa macrocarpa)

Origin:South Africa

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Dragon tree fruit

(Dracaena draco)

Origin: Canary Islands

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Olives (need to be brined)

(Elea europea)

Origin: Mediterranean

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Yellow figs

(Ficus carica)

origin: Eurasia

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Purple figs

(Ficus carica)

Origin: Eurasia

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Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) Origin: Mediterranean

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Nochtli, prickly pear fig,

Tuna

(Opuntia ficus indica) Origin: Central America

young leaves also edible as nopales.

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Rosemary

(Salvia rosmarinus)

Origin: Mediterrean
very good in bread, stews etc.

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Strawberry

(Fragaria spec.)

Origin: America Eurasia

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Queen palm

(Syagrus spec.)

Origin: South America

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Mexican apple, Sleep Sapote, Cochitzapotl (Casimiroa edulis) origin: mexico)

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Macademia nuts (Macdemia spec.) Origin: Australia

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Banana

(Musa spec)

burro and manzanita varieties Origin: Papua New Guinea

Flowers are edible cooked or 

fried.

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Apple

(Malus domestica) Origin: Eurasia

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Papaya

(Carica papaya) Origin: Central America

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Avocado

(Persea americana) Origin: Central America

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Kumquat

(Citrus japonica) origin: China

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Sugar cane

(Saccharum opfficinarum) Origin: Papua New Gunea

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Torrey pine nuts

(Pinus torreyana)

all over campus  (local, endemic)

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Yellow Guava (Psidium guayava) Origin: South America

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Mango

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

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African fern tree (Podocarpus grecilor) do not eat too many, better cooked, Origin: Aethiopia

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Bottle brush tree nectar (Calistemmon spec.)

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

Origin: Australia

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Mulberry

(Morus spec.)

silk worm larvae are also edible

Origin: East Asia

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Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis)

Origin: Mediterranean

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Firethorn

(Pyracanthus spec.)

Origin: Mediterranean

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Indian Hawhtorn

(Raphiolepsis indica)

Origin: India

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Loquoat

(Eriobotrya japonica)

Origin: China

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Hottentot fig (ice plants fruit)

(Carpobrotus edulis)

Origin: South Africa

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Carob 

(Ceratonia siliqua)

Origin: Mediterrean

pods can be dried and ground into powder

can be used to substitute

cocoa powder.

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Nasturtium

(Tropaeolum majus)

Origin: Centr & South America

flowers are nice and spicy

tasty in salads

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Kaffir lime leaves

(Citrus hysteria)

Origin: South East Asia

leaves are excellent in Thai

curries and other dishes, 

rind of limes used in curries

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California coffee berry

California Buckthorn

(Frangula californica)

Origin: West Coast USA

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

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Mexican bread fruit

Phylodendron

Fruit salad fruit

(Monstera deliciosa)

Origin: Central America

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Pomelo

(Citrus maxima)

Origin: East Asia

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Grapefruit

(Citrus X paradisi)

Origin: Carribean

Natural hybrid between

Pomelo and sweet orange

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Valencia Orange

(Citrus X sinensis)

Origin: North America

Natural hybrid between

Pomelo and mandarin

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Sweet Lime

(Citrus limetta)

Origin: East Asia

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Mandarins

(Citrus reticulata)

Origin: East Asia

Sweet Fennel, wild anise

(Foeniculum vulgare)

Origin: Middle East

Invasive, escaped cultivation.

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Calendula, pot marigold

(Calendula officials)

Origin: Mediterranean

Petals are tasty. and pretty in salads or soups

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Sun flower

(Helianthus spec.)

Origin: North America

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Stinging Nettle

(Urtica dioica)

Origin: North America

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Sedge

(Cyperus)

Origin: North Africa

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Cross berry

(Grewia occidentalis)

Origin: South Eastern Africa

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Lambsquarter

(Chenopodium album)

Origin: Europe & Asia

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Carolina cherry

(Prunus Carolinians)

Origin: North America

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Wild Mustard

(Sinapis arvensis)

Origin: Europe

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Brussel sprouts

(Brassica oleacea)

Origin: Europe

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Bamboo shoots, golden

bamboo

(Phyllostachys aurea)

Origin: East Asia

pealed and boiled shoots taste like asparagus.

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Artichoke

(Cynara cardunculus)

Origin: Mediterranean

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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 melee)

local, served on baguette

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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 (aristolochia), 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

Tools & Technology

Bow drill

friction fire

Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) drill on madrone base

Friction Fire with
yucca sticks
(Yucca filamentosa)
Origin: American Southwest

Pottery
Mount soledad clay
punch bowl decorated with rope made from New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax)
fully 
dried, and example of cup made from the same clay after it was fired in an open fire.

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Flint knapping

Oldowan Rock breaking

Honey harvest in PB
(my hive)