Book Nook: The Fruit Forager's Companion, by Sara Bir

Jul 10, 2018

When Sara Bir takes daily strolls though her neighborhood in southeast Ohio she keeps an eye out for delicious foods. These foods are all around us but most of us don't bother to notice them. Sara is a fruit forager. She finds all kinds of tasty things that are growing right out there in the open and many of these delectable treats end up as food for wildlife or they are wasted by being left to rot on the ground.

In her handy guide "The Fruit Forager's Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond" Sara explains to readers how fruit foraging can become a wonderful and nutritious pastime. She offers tips on how to go about it, what to look for, and which fruits will be in season at different times of the year.

This comprehensive guide has all the fruits you would expect it to list; apples, raspberries, plums, and pears, along with many others that will probably surprise you. The book is beautifully illustrated and has a slew of recipes, too. And best of all, the author brings a sense of excitement and discovery to the enterprise which is truly wonderful to behold.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.