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Edible Brisbane Free Fruit & Herbs in Public Spaces

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Published September 11th 2014
Forage for Free Fruit & Herbs in Brisbane Today
Head out on your own hunt to gather free edibles right here in Brisbane!

Who would have known that Brisbane City is actually a haven for fresh fruit and herbs that are just out there waiting to be picked!

Edible Brisbane Concept

A geologist from Brisbane who goes by the google user name 'HG' has created an amazing google map called Edible Brisbane: Public Harvest, that locates fruit trees on public land. It includes such a variety of trees, including avocado, mango, fig, guava, passion fruit and much more. You can also find a selection of herbs and kaffir lime trees!

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Mango Tree


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Avocado Tree


I first discovered this concept a few weeks ago and was initially quite sceptical that this could exist in the city. My partner and I decided to go for a quick hunt just around Highgate Hill park, near West End, and had so much fun doing this! We ended up finding some curry and kaffir lime leaves, which I then used later that evening to make a tasty Thai Green Curry!

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Kaffir Limes, Highgate Hill


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Curry Leaves, Highgate Hill


The Map

People everywhere can add to and edit the map, which helps create a greater directory of what is around us, so if you know of any fruit trees on public land in Brisbane, feel free to add the spot to the map.

Instructions on adding fruit tree locations on to Google Map:

1. Make sure you have a Google account.
2. Save the map Edible Brisbane: Public Fruit to 'my maps'.
3. Click 'edit'.
4. Click the marker symbol and zoom in on map to place marker in exact location.
5. Enter title and description.
6. Click 'save' and 'done' once you have finished adding.

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Snapshot of Brisbane's Public Harvest Google Map


Not only is this a great step towards sustainability from Brisbane city's point of view, but it is also such a fun and educational activity to either do on your own or with friends and family... The kids will absolutely love foraging around for the fruit!

Happy Hunting!
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Why? It's Sustainable, Free, Fun and Educational!
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Cost: Free!
Your Comment
So the next step is for people to plant things where they are accessible. I think I'll plant my lime tree outside my fence.
by Lynne Cargill (score: 2|746) 1681 days ago
When I lived in Highgate Hill there were some young people who planted herbs and veg on the footpath for general consumption but they moved away so its probably gone.
by Lynne Cargill (score: 2|746) 1681 days ago
Hi Love Travel

Do you think you could fix up the map showing where the free fruit is in Brisbane? It's not possible to enlarge it enough to see where the fruit actually is.

Thanks
Wendy
by ttwle (score: 0|3) 1681 days ago
how do you search for "edible Brisbane public fruit" map in google. I signed in to my account and searched but nothing came up?
by susan (score: 0|3) 1681 days ago
Really enjoyed this out-of-the-box story and the sentiment behind it ... thanks for sharing such useful knowledge.
by Damsel Martin (score: 2|307) 1679 days ago
This is a very interesting concept!
by huggl (score: 0|2) 1682 days ago
Amazing idea !!!
by eellooh (score: 0|2) 1678 days ago
The instructions on sharing information are particularly appreciated!
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 1661 days ago
Hello I couldn't message anybody to be added to the contributor list and couldn't work out how to save the map to 'my maps', couldn't find my maps. Anyway there are about a dozen breadfruit trees in Ekibin Park South. Also some large mango trees at the Corner of Jackson st and Stable st Hamilton. yum yum.
by denis (score: 0|2) 593 days ago
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