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Good day folks!

Over the course of just a few days our exceptionally hot weather has finally given way to more common fall temperatures. But it feels weird. One day you’re strolling down the streets wanting to rip your own skin off (27 Celsius+) and the other, you’re pondering whether or not you should’ve brought a jacket (14 C). That’s Swedish weather for you, right there. Never ceases to amaze!

But you know what else never ceases to amaze? Fruit trees! If you haven’t seen it already, this year’s been a real fruit year in Sweden. Swedish gardens and parks are practically exploding with apples, pears, plums and cherries.

So why is this interesting? Well, partially because most of that fruit just ends up on the ground without anyone ever touching it. Why? That’s a hard nut to crack. People still eat fruit, but they seem to prefer buying it in the store. Perhaps it’s become so ingrained in us that the store is where we get our food – but surely, being able to pick your own free, organic and locally produced fruit should be the better choice?

A few years ago I stumbled upon a website that was trying to tackle this issue by helping people find and share the location of fruit trees in their local areas. It’s called the “fruit map” or “fruktkartan” – and it gives private individuals a chance to map out when and where local, free to pick, and edible fruits can be found.

But a few years came and went, and this year with the boom of Pokémon GO, I suddenly came to think about it again. What if people were actually out catching healthy food instead of virtual Pokémons? With the advent of foodies, these types of applications must surely be in the pipeline right now – taking the combination of fun and healthy to a whole new level?

Maybe, maybe not. But I visited the fruit map again just a few days ago, and people have really contributed with a lot of different locations. We’ve got fruit trees growing all over the place – and most of them have probably not even been mapped yet.

If you live in Sweden, check this map out! There are still lots fruits to be “caught” or picked 😉 – including apples, elderberries, hazelnuts, walnuts and even chestnuts. In some cases, you might need the landowner’s approval to pick them – but it could definitely be worth your while to check it out. Especially if you’re a student (who in many cases may be short on cash). It could also be an excellent way to sightsee and get to know your surroundings.

That’s it for today – see you soon again!

Robin

 

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