Wild foods and "bush tucker" (what we here in Australia call wild, native food plants) are some of my family's favorite snacks. They are the ultimate in spray-free, packaging-free local food. In the rainforest near our house, our children have identified numerous fruiting trees and vines. Foraging for food can be enjoyable and is good for you. It's an educational, fresh-air activity that links you to the changing seasons. Supplement your diet and enjoy the savings and the flavor, but please source a good field guide or other means of identification before you do the taste test.When considering fruit trees, we often only think about those whose fruits we see in the supermarket. But there is an amazing array of fruiting trees, brambles and vines which are suitable for family gardens, school yards, community plots and park areas. They're often more prolific than the standard varieties, as well as hardier and less expensive. In many areas there are rare fruit growers groups to consult as to what is suitable to your locale. Otherwise, nurseries and garden catalogs are offering an increasing number of less-common fruiting plants.Pineapples are the fruit of one variety of the bromeliaed family. Most bromeliaeds are generally weird and wonderful to look at, but one that produces such a large, sweet fruit is very special. Fruiting can take up to two years, depending on your climate. To grow our pineapples, we simply plant the pineapple tops from those we buy at the market to eat. Once they've fruited, many plants will produce another, smaller pineapple the following year. The top of the harvested pineapple is planted out to produce another pineapple in time, and so the cycle continues.