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September 8, 2015
The Pear… A gift from the Gods….

Pears….

It is a fruit that we consume almost all year round…. When is it picked? Are their pear trees that are continuously full of pears? Is it possible?

 

 

Of course it’s not possible!!!

Pears are summer and autumn fruit. The rest of the year we consume pears that are stored in refrigerators. Another fruit that can undergo such “rough” treatment is the apple.

The pear tree was well known in Greece from ancient times. It comes from the area around the Caspian Sea. Homer referred to pears as… a gift from the Gods….  

 

 

The time they are picked depends on the variety and the altitude they are cultivated in. In Greece they start collecting them at the end of july. First come the variety called “kontules”, right after come the “kosies”, then mid-August come the “kristalia” and ‘William” and the rest in autumn.

The “kontules” variety cannot be stores in the refrigerator so they can only be consumed during the summer. The rest of the varieties of pears are collected while they are not completely ripe and are stored in special refrigerators, where they can be kept fresh for many months.

 

 

Rarely are the pears ripe when they are picked, so even if you find them at the farmers market, keep them out of the refrigerator for 2-3 days so they can ripen and then you can enjoy them!

I want to share some wonderful recipes with pears with you. Choose your favorite or make them all and try them!

Let’s start with a savory recipe….

A delicious Chicken with Pears and Grape Molasses

 

 

Quite a unique taste.

 

Next try these scrumptious Chocolate and Pear Muffins for the kids! 

 

 

They are healthy and tasty. You can freeze them and enjoy them any time you like!

And a delectable Pear and Custard Phyllo Pie!

 

 

Wonderfully aromatic and not too sweet… It is perfect for breakfast or a light sweet snack.

Next is an even lighter sweet that can be served for a special dinner… Roast Pears with Cranberries and Walnuts in a Honey-Wine Sauce.

 

 

They are low in fat, have a beautiful color and aroma. They can be served with your favorite ice cream or on their own with their sauce.

 

And as a final recipe… a very lovely Fig and Pear Jam

 

 

This tasty treat can be served with various cheeses or spread over bread and butter for breakfast! You simply must try it! 

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