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June 5, 2009

Today as I biked through Champaign running some errands, I decided to be leisurely and leave room to notice what fruit trees I could.  To my delight I found serviceberry trees in several places, as well as mulberry bushes and trees, two cherry trees I didn’t know about, and even a plum tree!

I was eager to update the Urbana-Champaign Fruit Map before I forgot the locations.  The UC Fruit Map is a community map on Google Maps, which anyone can add to.  Here’s what we got so far:

Serviceberries, a.k.a. juneberries, marked with blue circle-dots, are turning purple in some places, seeing as it’s June already.  They are roughly like blueberries but have larger seeds which might taste like almonds.  Some call them even tastier than blueberries, but not me!  We have some in our garden, but they’re also found around town in droves, especially in landscaped areas around town in droves.

Mulberries, marked in cyan circle-dots, are just coming in now. They tend to grow on the edges of lots, fortunately for sidewalk harvesters. Later in the season you can find them by the dark purple stains of fallen fruit on the sidewalks.

Urbana-Champaign dwellers past and future, please enjoy the map and add what you know!

UPDATE: I exported the kml file of the fruit map. KML is way of storing geographic data in XML. I’m trying to find a way to get the Fruit map on my handheld device, and this is a step towards that. Also its a way to get to the data on the fruit map without going through Google’s server each time. Link just tested it and it works!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. JP permalink*
    June 5, 2009 11:59 am

    This is great, I’m glad you found a way to embed this map so nicely. Now that the satellite images of C-U have been updated, you can really pinpoint to exact location of each plant. We should photograph the ripe fruits so people know what to pick.

  2. JP permalink*
    June 5, 2009 3:59 pm

    usufruct |ˈyoōzəˌfrəkt; -sə-|
    noun Roman Law

    the right to enjoy the use and advantages of another’s property short of the destruction or waste of its substance.

    usufructuary |ˌyoōzəˈfrək ch oōˌerē; -sə-| |ˈjuzəˈfrək(t)ʃəˈwɛri| |ˈjusəˈfrək(t)ʃəˈwɛri| |-ˈfrʌktjʊəri| adjective & noun

    ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from medieval Latin usufructus, from Latin usus (et) fructus ‘use (and) enjoyment,’ from usus ‘a use’ + fructus ‘fruit.’


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