Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lots of fruits, fruits galore!

Now that it's summer, you can see lots of fruit everywhere, but only if you start to look.  To the untrained urbanite, everything looks the same.  There's a surprisingly large number of fruit plants/trees where I live.  Both toxic and non toxic.  But you won't notice them unless it's summer, during winter it appears as if there is nothing but snow everywhere.  For example, right outside my door and in my neighbour's yard, is an apple tree.

Count the number of apples if you can.

Also known as Malus domestica.

I never realised it was an apple tree before, but last summer I realised it was the case once the fruit turned red, and so I  plucked one, washed it and ate it straight off.  Free fruit keeps the doctor away, win.  This is of course, when my neighbour was away.  Haha!  There's also plenty of apple trees in other people's gardens!

Here are other plants, which I come across everyday.

Red elderberries (Sambucus racemosa), toxic, do not eat, unless suicidal.

Not sure what these are, although I suspect they are poisonous too.

I see these plants just walking to and from work.  Here's part of my walk.  You might think I live in a forest.

Here's photos of raspberry plants that just hang off people's fences.  Not sure what species this is, but it all tastes good to me.  I say it's the tasty species kind.  I'm not crazy enough to eat something unless I knew what it is.  And raspberries, I recognise them, from years of eating them of course.  I could probably pack a whole bunch of them if I wanted to.  Raspberries are quite expensive in Australia.  They can cost up to 8 Australian dollars for 200 grams or thereabouts, even when in season.

One of these ended up in my digestive system.

And so did one of these.

No cloudberry plants here, at least I haven't noticed them.  Nor blueberries.  But they're supposed to be common in Norway as well.

Why am I blogging about fruit?  Well having lived in Singapore and Brisbane, Australia, this is different.  You don't see these types of plants here.  When I was a kid growing up with my grandfather, he had a chiku tree and two mango trees in his garden.

Chiku tree.

Fruits of the Chiku tree.

Mango tree.

100% tropical trees.  And Brisbane is warm, so raspberries and apple trees only exist in dreams.  The climate of Singapore and Brisbane are actually quite similar.  Tasmania on the other hand, has plenty of fruit trees.  Looking at all these plants reminds me of Tasmania.  If you've never been there and love lots of natural scenery and fresh fruit, you should pay a visit!


  1. Cloudberry and blueberry are mostly wild berries, so it's hard to find they in the garden. These berries grow in forests and on mosses.

  2. I have not seen any blackberry plants either. Blackberries cost 266 nok / 36 euros / 42 aud a kilo in Norway. It's expensive even though you can grow them here!


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