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Making the Most of Pear Season

Baked, cooked, poached, sliced in salads or eaten out of hand, pears can make a meal. Luckily, autumn and winter are the perfect time for pears.

Mixed Green Salad with Pears, Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese and Homemade CroutonsJust mention the word “pear” and my brain conjures up the intoxicating aroma of cinnamon-baked pears, sautéed spiced pears and pear pies, cobblers and crisps like this Spiced Apple and Pear Crisp.

I grew up loving pears. We had a huge orchard right behind our house in Northern California. We would gather them up and eat to our hearts content. We loved them at breakfast and snack time, and my mom would often bake a pear cobbler using her mother’s recipe. My father would make a salad with sliced pears, leafy greens and vinaigrette dressing. Sounds simply perfect, right? Here are some more wonderful pear salads:

Rosemary Pear BelliniWorldwide there are more than 3,000 varieties of pears, yet only a small number of the heirloom varieties have actually been cultivated into the pears we recognize and love in the US. Each is unique in flavor, texture and appearance. Check out our helpful pear primer, which includes varieties, pairings and storage tips. Then enjoy these delicious preparations:

What’s your favorite pear recipe or favorite pear variety? Let me know.

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