Did you know there are more than 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world? Only a few of those are cultivated here in the United States. As delicious as Bosc pear are, there’s a whole lot more
pear available for the tasting. You have your Red and Green Anjous, your Bartlett and Red Bartlett, your Comice, Concorde and Forelle, and Seckel and Starkrimson.
Some of those are more ideals for desserts and salads, others are more ideal for sauces and canning but all of them are ideal for biting into fresh — and they are an excellent source of vitamin c and fiber. The best part is that although pears go in season in fall, most of them remain in season through winter, as late as April and May.
So get thee to the farmers market, load up on your favorite variety and check out these recipes that will make you get the most mouthwatering nom for your buck.
1. Pear Vanilla Jam
Flour on My Face adapted this recipe for pear vanilla jam from
Foodinjars.com. Add a tablespoon into some plain oatmeal,
spread some on some toast or be really decadent and add a
dollop onto a batch of shortbread.
2. Easy Pear Sauce
If the idea of making jam is a bit too daunting for you, you
can try this easy recipe for pear sauce from Two Peas and Their
Pod. You’ll need about 10 Bartlett pears. Eat it plain as you
would applesauce or as a topping for your pancakes and waffles.
3. Cinnamon Pear Chips
We love this recipe from Kleinworth & Co. It’s a tasty way to
avoid snacking on greasy potato chips.
4. Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey
Skinny Taste delivers again with this easy dessert recipe that won’t go straight to
your hips. Cut your pear in half, core it, drizzle it with
honey and walnuts and bake. Enjoy the aroma while you wait to
5. Homemade Spiced Pear Vodka
Boulder Locavore hits one out of the park with this recipe for spiced pear vodka that you
can make yourself. Make a batch and really wow
guests at your holiday party.
6. Moscato Poached Pears
Sweet Paul does not specify the pears to use in this dessert recipe. You can use any variety, of
course, but — since you need to poach them in a sweet dessert
wine — we think the earthiness of the Concorde and the abundant
juice in the Bartlett makes them the best candidates.
7. Pear and Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
So many varieties of pears work beautifully in a salad. We love
this salad from Green Lite Bites that pairs
pears with beets. Say that ten times fast.
8. Pear Banana Smoothie
9. Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal
You can serve Oh My Veggies’ recipe for spiced-pear baked oatmeal in a
bowl or let it set so you can cut it into bars. We prefer the
latter since it can double as breakfast and late afternoon
10. Honey Pear Muffins
Speaking of pears for breakfast, you have to check out these
honey pear muffins from Two Peas and Their
Pod. You have to be good, though, and not eat the whole batch
in one sitting!
11. Pear Caramelized Onion & Brie Bites
With the next round of holidays looming dangerously near, we
had to include this recipe from real Housemoms for an
appetizer that may incite everyone to fight over the last one.
There is nothing about this pear caramelized onion and brie
bite that we don’t love.