Juicy and sweet, with a soft, grainy texture, the pear is one of your best sources of dietary fiber. And the good news for the millions of pear lovers out there is that now is the best time of year to enjoy this tasty fruit.
Seckels are believed by many to be the only natural American variety of pear. Unlike other varieties developed in the U.S. from a cutting of other European tree, Seckels are thought to have originated as a wild seedling near Philadelphia.
Forelles are one of the few varieties of winter pears that do change color as they ripen. They are considered the most beautiful of all pears as their pretty red freckling remains visible while the green skin turns bright yellow as they ripen. This small variety is available from September to February. Forelles are a very old variety, and are thought to have originated in the 1600's in northern Germany.
Try tasty pears this season in of our mouth-watering recipes!
¼ cup canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 large ripe
pears, peeled and cored Bartlett
6 tablespoons margarine (3/4 of a stick)
1½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
1½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup Amaretto or other flavored liqueur
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Directions:Core the pears and slice thinly. Sprinkle with a lemon juice. Place in a large salad bowl. Add mixed greens and pomegranate seeds.
Whisk together shallots, salt, freshly-ground pepper, wine vinegar and pomegranate juice in a small bowl. Add oil in a thin stream, continuing to whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
Divide the salad among four plates. Toss the turkey slices with a little vinaigrette. Arrange the turkey strips on the salad. Sprinkle with diced scallions and sliced almonds. Grind a little fresh black pepper on each salad. Serve at once.