While riding my bike around my new N. Oakland neighborhood, I came across a row of about 6+ Arbutus Strawberry Trees. I don't see these fruits very often so I was excited to come across a whole bunch of them just blocks from my house. Luckily these trees are just coming in to season so the trees are full of ripening fruits. The bell shaped flower of the Strawberry Tree are edible and have a slight honey like flavor.
The fruit is small with spiky red skin, yellow flesh, and can be eaten whole. The texture is a little bit mealy but has a pleasant light almost apricot like flavor. You want to pick the fruit when it is dark red and soft when you apply light pressure. They should come off easily when you pick them.
Keep your eyes peeled around your neighborhood for these spiky red fruits. They are great eaten right off the tree or can be turned in to a wonderful jam.