There is something deep in our DNA that loves the hunt. Not the hunt in the sense of find-and-kill (although that's certainly part of it), but the hunt as in secret treasure. It probably has something to do with the millions of years we spent as hunter-gatherers.
I'm a sucker for any kind of hunt. As a kid I loved Easter more than any other holiday, despite hating crappy Easter egg chocolate. It was the hunt that got me. As an adult, I've battled a ferocious addiction to thrift stores and flea markets. In many ways, much of modern food obsession -- the farmers market, finding that hidden taco spot -- is all part of the hunt. While living in New York and the South, my summers centered around gathering wildflowers and blackberries from the side of the road, in abandoned lots and in public parks.
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So as a newcomer to L.A., I was thrilled to discover Fallen Fruit, the art project that began in 2004 in L.A. but now covers many cities around the world. The project was begun as a response to the huge amount of fruit that goes to waste in L.A., and as an attempt to change one part of the conversation communities have about food.
The website provides maps that show the location of fruit trees growing on public property. There are a ton of maps of neighborhoods around L.A., including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Venice Beach and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.