Locations are marked as unverified if their position, identity, or existence is disputed. Many locations imported from tree inventories are marked as unverified because their edibility is uncertain (for example, "Pear" could be either an edible or decorative variety). Users are encouraged to travel to these locations and report their findings.
We enforce a taxonomy of edible types to keep the map organized and searchable. Novel types submitted by users are highlighted on the map as pending until they are added to the taxonomy or merged with an existing type. Some proposed types are so unique or ambiguous that they persist as unapproved indefinitely.
Tree inventories are compiled by institutions seeking to better document and care for their trees. These data are typically collected by trained arborists and are both detailed and exhaustive. We carefully pick out edible species from these inventories and add them to the map for you. Help us map your neighborhood by asking your city (or university, canton, etc) if a tree inventory exists and whether it can be shared on Falling Fruit.
Invasive plants are non-native plants in a given region that outcompete native plants. We highlight invasive plants on Falling Fruit so that you can seek them out and eat them, fighting back invasions one tasty bite at a time! Invasive species are currently only listed for the United States and based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) state-level noxious and invasive species lists.