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The Fruit Forager's Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Half of the fruit that grows in yards and public spaces is never picked or eaten. Citrus trees are burdened with misshapen lemons, berries grow in tangled thickets on the roadside, and the crooked rows of abandoned orchards fill with fallen apples. At the same time, people yearn for an emotional connection that’s lacking in bland grocery store bananas and tasteless melons. ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Chelsea Green Publishing
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Clare O'Beara
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous culinary nature guide should find a place on the shelves or Kindles of anyone who enjoys cooking fruit. The author tells us how she walks and forages, mentally mapping out the locations of likely harvests and returning later to take advantage. Whether garden apple trees that are under-utilised, or wild berries (like the eponymous huckleberry of Huckleberry Finn) or pick your own raspberries, the fruit picker has the choice crop and it's free or cheap.

Look forward to the luscious r
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Alicia Bayer
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Review from our family foraging blog here: http://magicalchildhood.com/life/2018...)

When I received a digital ARC of Sara Bir's The Fruit Forager’s Companion, the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was deleted after the review period and I didn't get to keep a copy.

I absolutely loved this book and plan to purchase a copy of my own.

As most of our blog readers know, our family forages a LOT. We put up about 300-400 pounds of wild foods a year. Much of that is fruits -- apples, pears, g
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Linda
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

I've recently gotten interested in foraging but didn't know where to start (well, and had to wait for winter to end). Having moved to a new state within the last year, I'm not that familiar with the plants available to me. This book helps give an overall picture of what's available in the continental US. (If you're in Hawai'i, I'm afraid this probably won't be of much use to you. She doesn't go out of her way
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Janet
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Half of the fruit that grows in yards and public spaces is never picked or eaten. Citrus trees are burdened with misshapen lemons, berries grow in tangled thickets on the roadside, and the crooked rows of abandoned orchards fill with fallen apples. At the same time, people yearn for an emotional connection that’s lacking in bland grocery store bananas and tasteless melons.

The Fruit Forager’s Companion is a how-to guide with nearly 100 recipes devoted to the secret, sweet bounty just outside our
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Cat
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now all I have to do is go in search of these treats! Sadly, I live in an urban area and there really is little to forage in terms of fruit. Growing up I used to forage sugar pears at abandoned homesteads, blackberries, strawberries, and even apples, It's difficult to find these yummy treats now, but I do keep an eye out for them! But If you happen upon some of these delicious fruits in your foraging, this recipe has lots of great recipes for using them! And the photos of the dishes make me wish ...more
Shellie Ware
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well-written and inspiring guide to finding and using foraged fruits. Could use a bit more on the identifying-the-right-plant front, but gives resources for finding that information.
Autumn
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Really lovely and useful book. 5 stars for teaching me that the little red orbs hanging from the dogwood trees outside my office are edible and tasty.
Laurel
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An informative and super fun guide to all things foraged fruit. Written by a true forager and fruit lover, it has great info as well as countless tasty recipes. Lovely to look at as well.
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