I had a dream last night in which I was hiking through Rock Creek Park and came across a wild asparagus patch, which I picked gleefully. I was very disappointed to wake up and learn it was just a dream!
In the vein of wondering about urban farming in DC, I wonder what kind of urban foraging is possible here? The Kitchn highlighted a new website called Neighborhood Fruit that plots the locations of fruit trees on public land using Google Maps. It’s only available for LA, San Francisco, and Seattle right now, but maybe it will expand to other cities. Near where I used to live in Cleveland Park, there is an ancient apple tree that was probably once a part of someone’s yard before the lot got filled in with an apartment building. The tree is essentially abandoned, and anyone with a stepladder could conceivably go pick the apples. Sadly, I tried one once and it was pithy and sour. Maybe it was only ever meant to be ornamental. It does produce very pretty flowers.
So where might there be some good apples, I wonder? Do blackberry vines grow wild in this part of the country? And surely there are native black walnut trees somewhere in Rock Creek Park. A Neighborhood Fruit Google Map for DC sure would be useful.