Pears are in season August – October in the UK. Did you know they don’t ripen on the tree!
The season can be extended by removing them as and when from middle of August to end of September when they start to fall off the trees. They also contain high levels of Copper, Vitamin C and K as well as fibre.
They can be stored in the fridge to slow down ripening too.
Pears can be used in many dishes savoury and sweet.
Here are some ideas for you:
- Firm pears are great sliced in thin wedges in a salad.
- Serve thinly sliced with cheese and crackers
- Use instead of apples in a chutney with courgettes and onions
- Poach in red wine and warm spices.
- Peel and cook in a little water and cinnamon. Puree and place in ice cubes or yoghurt pots. Serve with porridge, semolina or rice pudding
- Upside down cake – Cut in half and place in the bottom of cake tin, add a little honey or golden syrup and top with cake mix.
- Place in a pastry tart and top with a frangipane filling.
- Place in a roasting tin with parsnips and all spice and honey for a tasty side dish.
- Bake them with a splash of orange juice brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Make jars of spiced pickled pears for presents (peel pears and cook gently in apple cider vinegar or red wine and sugar and spices of your choice. 900g pears to 300g sugar and 300ml vinegar/wine. Make sure they are completely covered in liquid.
- Slice thinly and dehydrate in the oven or air fryer at 60C for 6 hours. Great as a snack or added to muesli and maple syrup.
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