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Pears are Available:
Pears' natural peak season is August - October
How Do Pears Grow:
Pears grow on trees as they are a fruit.
They are often picked before they are ripe and ripen off the tree.
What to Look for When Buying a Pear:
Pear should be a little soft when touched. Avoid pears that have
dark spots, are shriveled or have soft spots.
Pear Facts- Storage Tips:
Allow pears to ripen at room temperature.
How to Cook pears:
Use as you would chopped apples in dessert recipes. Serve with
cheeses, nuts or chocolate. Eat as is. They're great alongside ham
Pear Nutrition Facts:
Pears are high in fiber, potassium and Vitamin C. One serving size
is one medium size pear.
Pear Facts- Recipes:
Ham and Pear Croissant
In a croissant layer ham slices, cheese slices and fresh sliced
pears. Toast in toaster oven or place in microwave 20 seconds until
cheese is melted.
Walnut Pear Salad
1/2 Cup honey
6 Cups salad greens
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1 Cup shredded cheese
Toast walnuts on a baking sheet for several minutes in a 375 degree
oven. Cool while you are making salad.
Cut pears into pieces. Drizzle with honey and set aside. Add greens
to serving bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss pears, walnuts and
cheese with greens and serve immediately.
Maple Apricot Pear Chops
4 boneless pork chops
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 Cup butter
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
3 Tablespoons apricot preserves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3 pears, cored and sliced thin
Fry pork chops in skillet in oil and butter until browned on both
sides. Stir in syrup and apricot preserves. Add pear slices
and allow to cook for several minutes until syrup thickens.
Cream Cheese Stuffed Pears
Small pkg of strawberry cream cheese
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 pear, unpeeled and halved
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In a bowl have child blend cream cheese and brown sugar. Have adult
cut pear in half and scoop seeds out. Child can spread lemon juice
over pear and then spread cream cheese mixture on top.
Pear and Nut Pizzas
Bake pizza crust until golden brown. Layer pears and nuts over top
of pizza and sprinkle with brown sugar and nutmeg. Bake at 350
degrees for 10 minutes or until sugar is melted. Serve a slice of
pizza with a scoop of vanilla yogurt on the side.
Try adding chopped or pureed pears to your pancake batter for a
little extra nutrition and flavor.