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Wednesday, Oct 22 2008
According to California law, any fruit on trees or bushes that hangs over a property line into public space is fair game for foraging. In 2005, art collective Fallen Fruit decided to take advantage of the law by mapping the gleanable fruit and herbs in its Silverlake, Los Angeles neighborhood, collecting it, and turning it into jam and infused vodka. At Fallen Fruit's "Public Jam" event today, they'll show you how to turn your harvest into a delicious, spreadable condiment. Bring in fruit from your yard, neighborhood, farmers’ market, or grocery store, along with clean, empty glass jars, and you'll leave with some edible art. Learn the basics of jam-making -- the pectin, the sweeteners -- and experiment with exotic flavors such as raspberry chili or basil guava. Jam-making used to be a seasonal community event; "Public Jam" puts the stickiness back into the tradition.
Sat., Nov. 1, noon, 2008

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