Move over apples: 11 recipes that prove the pear is more than a match for you



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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

Source: Flour on My Face 

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

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod 

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

Source: Kleinworth & Co. 

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

Source: Skinny Taste 

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 dig in.


5. Homemade Spiced Pear Vodka

Source: Boulder Locavore 

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

Source: Sweet Paul 

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

Source: Green Lite Bites 

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

Source: Sweet and Savory By Shinee 

You know we love us some smoothies, so we had to include this recipe for a pear and banana smoothie from Sweet and Savory by Shinee. Includes chia seeds. Nice!


9. Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal

Source: Oh My Veggies 

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 snack.


10. Honey Pear Muffins

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod 

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

Source: Real Housemoms 

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.