Pears are an essential fruit for any Produce Mom. The sweet & juicy fruit is packed with essential vitamins & minerals that add a delicious flavor to any dish!
I am often asked, “How to you know when a pear is ripe”? It is as easy as checking the neck of the fruit! Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen on trees, which is why the flavor continues to mature after harvested. The color is not always a good indication for ripeness because most varieties have little color change. The BEST way is to Check the Neck™ – apply gentle pressure to the top of the pear with your thumb. It the fruit gives, it is ripe!
Once your pear is ripe, try this tasty recipe adopted from USA Pears: Bartlett Pear Quesadilla.
- 1 pear Bartlett or D'anjou, cored & thinly sliced
- 4 flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup blue cheese
- 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
- 3 tbsp basil fresh, chopped (1 tbsp dry)
- 2 tbsp onion chopped
- 2 tbsp hazelnut chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Brush tortillas with olive oil.
- On half of each tortilla, sprinkle one quarter of the cheeses, basil, onion, hazelnuts, and pear slices.
- Fold in half and cook in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes each, until cheese melts and tortilla browns.
- Cut each into quarters.