RECIPES: Vanilla Port Poached Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts, Baked Pears with Caramel Sauce, Honey Pear Bran Muffins, Raisin Pear Pie, Stilton Cheese Gateaux with Onion Pear Relish, and Spinach Pear Salad with Maple and Brown Mustard Vinaigrette
Pears are one of the world’s most alluring fruits with its voluptuous contour and buttery textured flesh. A perfectly ripe, luscious pear is without peer as a sweet pleasure of Fall. This ancient fruit captured the praise of the well-known Greek poet, Homer (8th century B.C.), who referred to pears as a “gift of the gods.” The Romans developed over 50 varieties of pears and introduced the cultivated pear to Europe. The California Bartlett is an ancestor of a pear originating in Berkshire, England from the 17th century. California grown pears include Bartlett, Bosc, Sekel, Comice, Starkrimson (red pears), D’Anjou, Forelle, and Packhams.