(Fruit) Tree-hugging hippies are working on a map of fruit trees around the city in public spaces that produce food that is, by virtue of overhanging public spaces, public property.*
Fruit lying outside the boundary of private property for instance on a branch hanging over a fence is considered to be public property and therefore anyone can legally take the fruit. Please don’t take any fruit that is over someone’s fence even if it is in close reach as this is technically stealing. It always pays to just ask the owner, usually they won’t mind no one is really going to eat a whole tree of figs or loquats. Some people may be sensitive about having the fruit from their tree taken even if it is hanging into public space; therefore even though you are within your rights to take the fruit, common courtesy should be employed. eg. Please don’t make some old… guy angry by taking fruit when he doesn’t want you to.
The google map is here, and, if your area isn’t particularly well annotated at this time, it seems like it would be quite fun to go fruit-tree hunting and see what you can find to add to it.
*I haven’t looked into this in detail, but that doesn’t seem an unreasonable interpretation.