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    April's Tag Game ~ Peras (Pears) ~

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    Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:17 pm
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    Using only the freshest produce and herbs available is the hallmark of traditional Spanish cuisine. And pears are among those fresh ingredients that are often featured in Spanish dishes.

    There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown worldwide, each with a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. 'Bartlett' is the most common pear cultivar in the world, and represents about 75% of U.S. pear production. Spain is the world’s fourth largest producer of pears, producing over 537,000 tons per year.

    The European Pear is a species of pear native to central and eastern Europe and southwest Asia. It is one of the most important fruits of temperate regions (and is the species from which most orchard pear cultivars are developed in Europe, North America and Australia). Two other species of pear include the Nashi Pear and the Chinese white pear, which are more widely used in eastern Asia.

    In the United States, the 10 heirloom varieties most widely recognized are Green Bartlett, Red Bartlett, Bosc, Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Comice, Forelle, Seckel, Concorde, and Starkrimson.

    The pear is very similar to the apple in cultivation, propagation and pollination. A particularly interesting difference between the two fruits is that, when placed in water, apples will float but pears will sink.

    Selecting and Storing

    Most summer and autumn varieties of pears are gathered before they are fully ripe. This decreases the chance of bruising the pear’s skin if they are left to mature on the tree, which they will eventually break off and fall to the ground when they’re fully ripe. Since most pears are not yet ripe when they are shipped to markets, it takes a little knowledge to know how to select a good pear at the local market or fruit stand.

    While the skin on Bartlett pears changes from green to yellow as they ripen, most pear varieties show little color change as they ripen. Because pears ripen from the inside out, the best way to judge ripeness is to check the neck for ripeness by applying gentle thumb pressure to the neck (or stem) end of the pear. If it yields to gentle pressure, then the pear is ripe, sweet, and juicy. If it still feels firm, leave the pear at room temperature, and check daily for ripeness.

    Pears should be stored at room temperature until fully ripe. They will ripen faster if placed next to bananas in a fruit bowl. To slow the ripening process, store your pears in the refrigerator. But once ripe, most pears should be stored in the refrigerator, uncovered in a single layer, where they have a shelf life of 2 to 3 days.

    Health benefits

    Pears, and especially the skin, are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of Vitamin C. Most of the fiber is insoluble, making pears a good laxative, which studies have shown can help to reduce the number of cancerous colon polyps in some patients. Pears are also beneficial in treating inflammation of mucous membranes, colitis, gallbladder disorders, gout, high blood pressure, and controlling cholesterol levels.

    Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits, which is why pear juice is often the first fruit juice introduced to infants. But it also makes pears an excellent dietary choice for multiple-food allergy sufferers.

    Culinary Uses

    Pears are quite a versatile fruit. They can be consumed fresh as a quick, healthy snack. When chopped or sliced, they add texture, color, and a naturally sweet flavor to a variety of salads and breakfast cereals. In addition, pears can be canned, juiced, dried, preserved as jams and jellies, and even pressed into cider. Most pear varieties are also excellent when sauteed, baked or roasted in a variety of soups, sauces, entrees and desserts.
    There are just too many possibilities to list them all here. So experiment, and try a variety of pear recipes.

    …………....………………….Tag Game

    We have selected an assortment of pear recipes, including some wonderful Spanish dishes. You can tag a recipe from our list, or you can select any recipe from the database as long as it contains any variety of pear or pear juice. There is no limit on the number of tags; you can tag as many pear recipes as you can make and review before the end of April.

    Featured Spanish Recipe ~ Pears

    ~ Fruity Sangria by Tarteausucre
    This 5-star rated version of the traditional Spanish beverage called Sangria has a red wine base that bursts with added flavor from the wonder assortment of fresh fruit including pears, apples, and a citrus trio of succulent grapefruit, oranges, and lemons.

    Other Spanish Recipes With Pears

    Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Cracked Black Pepper
    Pinchos De Frutas (Fruit Brochettes)
    Baby Greens With Pears, Gorgonzola and Pecans

    Other Pear Recipes ~ Various Cuisines


    Pear Bread
    Pear Cardamom Bread
    Pear and Walnut Muffins
    Stormy Day Breakfast Bread Pudding
    Thirty-Minute Muesli
    Decadent Tasting Ginger Pear Oatmeal

    Main Dishes

    Crock Pot Sauerkraut Supper
    Low Fat Chicken Medallions With Cinnamon Raspberry Pear Sauce
    Chicken and Pear Skillet Supper (Diabetic)
    Slow Cooker Pork With Pears and Cranberries
    Chicken Stir-Fried With Bosc Pears
    Grilled Korean Bulgogi Beef

    Soups and Salads

    Winter Fruit Salad With Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
    Sweet Potato & Pear Soup
    Spinach Pear Salad from Restaurateur, Tom Douglas
    Caramelised Pear and Rocket (Arugula) Salad With Blue Cheese
    Butternut Pear Soup
    Kelly's Wedding Salad

    Desserts and Sweet Treats

    Pear Coffee Cake with Ginger Pecan Crunch Topping
    Pear Crisp
    Vanilla Poached Pears
    Baked Pears
    French Pear Flan
    Scrumptious Pear Pie

    Sauces and Condiments

    Pear Honey
    Cranberry Chutney
    Spiced Pear Jam
    Plum Kissed Pear Jam
    Pear Preserves
    Caramel Spice Pear Butter

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    Last edited by Lalaloula on Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:02 am, edited 1 time in total
    Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:20 pm Groupie
    Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:24 pm
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    I'd like to play but won't be able to tag anything until tomorrow a.m.

    See you then!
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:07 am
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    Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:50 am Groupie
    Some wonderful looking recipes you have there Cookgirl.

    I bought 3 bosc pears but they are not ripe yet.
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:50 am Groupie
    Why oh why, do my posts always double!?

    Last edited by UmmBinat on Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:51 am, edited 2 times in total
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:54 am
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    UmmBinat wrote:
    Why oh why, do my posts always double!?

    Thank you.

    That makes you double trouble. icon_wink.gif
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:20 pm Groupie
    I'll play!
    I only have 3 recipes of my own to offer, but
    I can offer some recipes that I've reviewed containing pears.....

    Sauteed Savoy Cabbage and Pears
    Pear Tuna Salad
    Smoky Waldorf Salad

    Ones I've reviewed:
    Celery and Pear Bisque
    Pear and Butternut Bisque
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:24 pm
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    I can always count on *Parsley*! Thank you, Dear *Parsley*!

    And her savoy cabbage recipe is super yummy by the way!
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:28 pm
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    Oh, how could I forget to post the reviews I've made for recipes containing pears?! icon_redface.gif

    Pear Tarte - Medieval Pear Pie
    Arugula, Pear and Parmesan Salad
    Beet and Pear Puree
    Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:30 pm Groupie
    Well then here are my reviewed pear recipes I can recommend,

    Rocket (Arugula), Pear and Walnut Salad
    Pear Slush
    Vanilla-Pear Muffins
    Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:30 pm Groupie
    Am I allowed to cheat and make a pear recipe today as long as I don't tell anyone? icon_wink.gif
    Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:26 pm
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    I won't say anything, Parsley!

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