Difficult fruit? It’s no problem for piemaster Kate Lebo

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Apricot kernels can be toxic for a small child, but can also be used as medicine for a sick adult, and a secret source of flavor for a cook. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Ideal fruit is seen as smooth-skinned and bright-hued, a symbol of goodness, kindness, and the virtues of civilization. But not all fruit is easy. In fact, some varieties can be invasive, toxic, and downright difficult. Wheat, for example, is more explosive than gunpowder. Apricot kernels can be deadly to small children. Food writer, poet, and piemaker Kate Lebo shares obscure food history and personal stories in her new book, “Difficult Fruit.”

“Fruit offered these sideways doors on topics I’d been ruminating on,” says poet and piemaker Kate Lebo. Her book is “Difficult Fruit.'' Photo courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.



Evan Kleiman