Ben Poirier shepherded us through his trees in Fallbrook: the 15-foot-tall Babaco papaya, the very ugly ice cream bean, the Buddha’s Hand tree,  the Tacso vine from Ecuador; the Marula berry from Africa.

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Cornucopia: Stephen Facciola's edible world

Lives in Vista in a 400-square-foot cottage

“You’re eating bug excrement.” Stephen Facciola and I are standing in the parking lot of a Middle Eastern grocery in disheartening Anaheim. The streets are eight lanes wide. The blocks, a mile long. The air ...


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