April’s fruit of the month is the pear. Pears have been grown in Australia since the arrival of the First Fleet and there are many varieties to choose from including Packham, Williams, Beurre Bosc, Corella, Nashi and Josephine.  Australia’s Williams pears are used to make the famous French liqueur poire William.

Nutritionally, pears are high in fibre, a good source of vitamin C and provide the important mineral potassium. 

When buying pears, select unbruised fruit. Choose softer fruit if you wish to eat now, or firmer fruit to be eaten later in the week.  To test for ripeness, gently press near the stem – if it gives it’s ready to eat. If you’re planning to cook with pears, choose Beurre Bosc or a firm pear.

Packham Pears

Pears can be kept for several days at room temperature, depending on the ripeness.  Ripe pears may be refrigerated to extend shelf life. Like apples, the flesh of the pear discolours quickly once peeled or cut.

Although pears, like apples, require no preparation to be eaten as a snack, here are 5 other ways they can be enjoyed:

1. Add sliced pear to a salad of rocket, parmesan and walnuts.

2. Poach pears in port for a delicious dessert.

 Port Poached Pear
Port Poached Pear

3. Include slices of Nashi pear on a cheese platter.

4. Serve roasted pears as an accompaniment to chicken or pork.

5. Use pears instead of apples to make a Tarte Tatin. Click here for Pear Tarte Tatin recipe.

Pear Tarte Tatin
Pear Tarte Tatin

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  1. I love pears! i come from the apple , pear & strawberry region in Belgium, near Sint-Truiden. We have pears in autumme.
    I love them in cooking, poaching, baking, in sorbets,etc…
    I love your ideas, so thanks!!

  2. Great post (and really great blog!). We share a very similar view on food (and entertaining). It isn’t as intimidating as one may think – just look at how wonderful the humble pear can be!

  3. Hi Sophie, I love Flemish food! I lived in Holland for 3 years, and was always jumping the border when I needed a good meal!

    Hi Andrea, Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed!

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