We were able to get a handful of chestnuts in a park, but I see people there picking up nuts every day, so I decided to leave it to others. Did you know chestnuts are very high in vitamin C? I just read that last night. What a surprise!
There are only a few chestnut trees in the park. The number of foragers reminds me that foraging in general would not be terribly successful in a time when many people have learned when, what, where, and how to do it, at least in an area of concentrated population.
We picked 8 apples from a tree alongside a public bike & hike path. Most years that tree gets totally picked out, especially since it is also by one of the few car parking areas along the path. People start pulling off fruit very early in summer, out of curiosity, I guess. Besides, those apples usually are wormy and scabby. This year I noticed a few good-sized fruit high up where casual pickers could not reach. I could reach them, though, with our clawed basket type picker mounted on a dry viburnum branch. These apples are really tasty. No idea what they are. They are medium yellow apples but better than typical Golden Delicious! The flavor at the skin is intense.
At first my husband did not want to get those few apples. But they are so good, that now he's motivated and wants to go get the few apples from a declining tree on the edge of an adult daycare property. We've harvested there several years, but the tree is almost "gone" now.
There were apple trees all over that we keep a watch on. Most of them have been in parking lots. They keep getting removed, I guess as they look ratty. But the crab apples with the rosy-orange-yellow fruit were beautiful, leafy, disease-free trees when cut down to get machinery in to rehab the old YWCA. So sad.
What have you foraged lately or have plans to forage soon?