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Re: [Wild-Foodies-of-Philly] Cheryl's apple tree needs harvesting

From: Rinna
Sent on: Friday, November 2, 2012 10:11 AM
I was concerned about this also when I was harvesting serviceberries back in June from a parking lot here in the city.  I asked my sister, who is a botanist, what she thought.  She said that as long as you was them it should be fine since the contaminants will only be ones that are deposited from the air onto the fruit, plants will not pass contaminants from the soil/water into their fruit.  

On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Mae <[address removed]> wrote:
I forage wherever it may be -- though I do take it home and clean it thoroughly. Unfortunately, where else, besides parking lots and parks, will you commonly find things to forage when in the city?

While it's not organic, it's probably got less stuff on it than what you find on commercial products in the grocery store :-)

~mae


On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM, Natalie D'Amato <[address removed]> wrote:
This is the 2nd time (Hugh of the Nature Studies group, also suggested it) I've now seen mention of foraging in parking lots.  Aren't these highly contaminated places?  I would love to be able to make use of such a bountiful resource, but I've avoided doing so because of the contamination...  opinions?




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