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Feeding the Family on a Budget Using Seasonal Foods - Part Three: The Pear

Updated on October 30, 2011

The Pear, More Than Something in Your Lunch Box

When we think of the pear, we usually think of a fruit that is eaten in hand much like an apple. We eat them as a snack, we pack them in our lunch box and if we are really good, we eat them for dessert. But there are many more uses for the pear than you may realize. Pears can be quite expensive but if you shop around and purchase when they are in season, you will be able to make many things with your bounty.

Why Eat Pears?

Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber and a good source of vitamin C. They are fat free, cholesterol free, and sodium free. Pears are in abundance in fall.

An Endless List of Possibilities for Pears

You can prepare special dishes with pears or just cook or bake them with some seasonings. Here is a list of ideas; the possibilities are endless!

  • Slice them up and serve them with blue cheese.
  • Cook them with cinnamon, brown sugar and butter and serve them over ice cream.
  • Baked Pears
  • Gingered Pears
  • Spiced Pears
  • Pear Pie
  • Pear Crisp
  • Pear Crumble
  • Canned Pears
  • Pear Tart
  • Pear Sorbet
  • Pear Applesauce
  • Pear Jam
  • Pear Chutney
  • Pear Cake
  • Pork Chops with Pears
  • Sweet Potato Pear Bake

For help in finding recipes for some of these suggestions, click here.

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