Important practices: According to the Environmental Working Group, more than 50% of conventionally grown pears contained 5 or more types of pesticide residue. Buy organic!
Harvest season: Depending on the variety, pears are available late Summer through Winter.
Great source of: Flavor!
Storage methods: Pears are best stored out in the open at room temperature so display them in your favorite bowl on the counter out of the sunlight!
Cooking methods: Pears can be made into chutneys, sauteed, roasted, pickled, braised, and baked. However they are most delicious when eaten ripe right out of your hand.
World cuisines: French
Pairings: Pears are very versatile both in and out of desserts; they make wonderful tarts crisps and pies, but also pair wonderfully with some brie or stilton on a cheese plate, or sauteed alongside pork! Make your pears into chutneys and compotes as well.
There are around 3000 varieties of pear grown around the world.
Before tobacco was introduced to Europe, the leaves of pear trees were smoked instead.