Edible tree fruits, nuts, and leaves
The following trees have edible fruits or other parts. Not all parts of edible fruits may be edible. Some people may experience idiosyncratic allergies or other bad reactions. Trees.stanford.edu recommends you do not eat any foraged plant material. Should you do so – just as in the case of fungi – be both positive of the identification of the plant and fully aware of the preparation requirements and potential dangers. Some trees mentioned in Trees.stanford.edu may no longer be found at the designated locations because they have been removed.
‘Every day was about survival’: Inside the graduate student affordability crisis. The Stanford Daily, 28 Feb 2019. “Students scavenge for produce from campus trees to make ends meet.”
- Bunya bunya. Araucaria bidwillii.
- European filbert, hazelnut. Corylus avellana.
- Jujube. Ziziphus jujuba.
Citrus family (Citrus Courtyard)
- Citron Buddha’s hand. Citrus medica var. sarcodactylus.
- Grapefruit. C. paradisi.
- Kumquat. Fortunella margarita.
- Lemon. C. limon.
- Lime. C. aurantifolia.
- Orange and blood orange. C. sinensis.
- Pomelo. C. maxima. Entry courtyard of Toyon Hall, NW corner.
- Tangerine. C. reticulata. Florence More Hall, Mayfield Ave. side. The Knoll, south side.
Japanese persimmon. Diospyros kaki. We have both the fuyu and hachiya varieties of persimmon. Fuyu is the firm fruited form eaten like an apple, growing at the Rains complex. The Hachiya type is astringent when unripe, and must be eaten when soft; it grows behind the Bookstore.
- Maidenhair tree. Ginkgo biloba.
- Blue elderberry. Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea. Particular caution is required using elderberry. The leaves, bark, buds, and sometimes berries have caused poisonings. Species with red or white berries should be avoided.
- Sugar maple. Acer saccharum.
- Fig. Ficus carica.
- Australian bush cherry. Syzygium paniculatum.
- Pineapple guava. Feijoa sellowiana (synonym Acca sellowiana).
- Strawberry guava. Psidium cattleianum.
Oak or Beech family
- Oaks (acorns). Quercus species.
- Olive. Olea europaea.
- Date palm. Phoenix species.
- Carob. Ceratonia siliqua.
- Pine nuts. Pinus species. Most pine have edible nuts. Italian stone pine, Pinus pinea, is a common source of pinóli or pignóli.
- Pomegranate. Punica granatum.
- Almond. Prunus dulcis.
- Apple. Malus species.
- Apricot. Prunus armeniaca.
- Loquat. Eriobotrya japonica.
- Peach. Prunus persica
- Plum. Prunus domestica.
- Quince. Cydonia oblonga.
- Tea, chai. Camellia sinensis.
- Northern California black walnut. Juglans hindsii (synonymn Juglans californica var. hindsii).
- Walnut. Juglans regia.
- Edible Fruits of Forest Trees. 1957. A 13.2:F 94/957 US Federal Documents.
- Food and Fruit-Bearing Forest Species / Forest Resources Development Branch, Forest Resources Division, Forestry Department. 1983–.
- Food Plants of the World: An Illustrated Guide / Ben-Erik van Wyk. 2005. QK98.5 .A1 V36 2005.
- The Oxford Book of Food Plants; illustrations by B. E. Nicholson, text by S. G. Harrison, G. B. Masefield [and] Michael Wallis. SB175 .V38 1969.