Pears are juicy and sweet, with both a soft and grainy texture. There are varieties of pear available almost year-round. If you want to know if a pear is ripe press (gently) around the stem, pears ripen from the inside out. If it a pear is hard at the stem, it its not yet ripe.
Pears are a good source of potassium, vitamin c and dietary fibre. Most of which is found in the skin. Pears are also a very low allergenic fruit so are a good first food for babies. A slice of ripe pear is very easy for little people to eat.
Pears make great eating, something I only came to realise a few years ago. They are great in salads or with a cheese course. There are a many great recipes for pears. They go well in crumbles, baking and are very popular for puddings such as poached pears, baked pears, pears and chocolate. For the kids, tinned pears with yoghurt is an easy healthy pudding.
Pear and walnuts make a great autumnal salad combination. You could try pear and walnut salad:
Arrange on a plate:
- 2 pears, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 cup of shelled walnuts (toasted, if you can but not essential)
- 200 g rocket
Whisk together two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Pour over the top and then add about 50 g (approx a quarter of a cup) of grated pecorino or parmesan. Serve immediately, feeds 4-6 people as a side or entree.
Mummy of Three Small Boys x