7 Perfectly Pleasing Pear Recipes

The next time you’re looking for a delicious, nutrient-dense food, look no further than pears! They pack quite a punch in their relatively small packages. Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C. They’re also sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free and offer about 100 calories per serving.

Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen on the tree. A pear is harvested when it is mature but not ripe. Then when left at room temperature, the pear slowly will ripen from the inside out.

To know if a pear is ripe, check the neck! With your thumb, apply gentle pressure to the neck (or stem end) of the pear. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe!

7 Pear Recipes from The Produce Mom

Don’t reserve pears exclusively for desserts! Sweet, ripened pears are ideal in many savory recipes as well. This fall-friendly fruit is a delectable component in these seven perfectly pleasing pear recipes!


Barbecue Pork, Pear, and Cheddar Quesadillas from USA PearsPork and pears are a match made in heaven. When you find yourself with leftover pork, ripe pears, and cheddar cheese, make these Barbecue Pork, Pear, and Cheddar Quesadillas from USA Pears. The combination of these three ingredients is so delicious, it just might become your favorite afternoon snack.


Holiday Pear Slaw from Sage FruitDon’t you love make-ahead holiday foods? I sure do! In this Holiday Pear Slaw from Sage Fruit Company, fresh pears, cranberries, and nuts elevate a traditional coleslaw.


Sausage-Stuffed Baked Pears from ChowhoundHere’s a twist on conventional breakfast entrées – Sausage-Stuffed Baked Pears from Chowhound. Sweet, ripe pears are stuffed with a tasty blend of breakfast sausage and spices. Yum!


Slow Cooker Poached Pears from Skinny Ms.Poached pears may sound like an exquisite way to finish a meal, but they’re easy to make when you use a slow cooker. These Slow Cooker Poached Pears from Skinny Ms. take just a few hours to cook and come out a beautiful shade of red – the color of the season!


Pear, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Pizza from Recipe RunnerPears on a pizza? Yes! The Pear, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Pizza from Recipe Runner is a grown-up version of pizza. After you try this flavor combination, you’ll never go back to sausage and pepperoni again!


Ginger Coconut Poached Pears with Maple Glazed Walnuts from Nourish RDs for Chelan FreshThis recipe round-up wouldn’t be complete without a sweet dessert! Ginger Coconut Poached Pears with Maple Glazed Walnuts from Nourish RDs for Chelan Fresh are elegant enough for a fancy dinner party yet casual enough for dessert after any family meal at home.


Sweet and Spicy Fresh Pear Salsa from Fynes DesignsAnd finally, why not try something new with pears! This Sweet and Spicy Fresh Pear Salsa from Fynes Designs is perfect for dipping, for using as a salad dressing, or for spreading on your favorite sandwich.

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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