Seasonal Ingredient of the Week: Pears
Poached, caramelised, roasted, sautéed - pears are the all-rounder that don't get the attention they deserve. A fruit bowl staple, their versatility is often overlooked in replacement of being a trusty bag snack. But the options are endless, and all delicious thanks to their sweet and juicy flavour. A trusty winter hero, they're in season from October through to March, so grab them whilst they're still local and at their best! Leave them on the side to ripen, getting sweeter and juicier the longer you wait.
Rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper, pears are a power house for fighting free radicals. They're also high in fibre (great for the gut!) and low GI compared to other fruit.
- Pears go really well with winter spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. Try slicing a pear and sprinkling with winter spice then roasting in the oven.
- It’s also a wonderful porridge addition! Try grating pear and stirring it into your porridge alongside vanilla as an alternative to adding it afterwards.
- Poached pears are a simple yet effective dessert. Poach pears in anything from red wine to beetroot or ginger syrup and serve with coconut cream for a hassle free dessert.
- They also work incredibly well in tarts, frangipane’s and pies and can easily make a beautiful bake when sliced and layered on the top.
- Pears aren’t limited to just sweet options either. Sliced pear can transform a salad instantly and pairs wonderfully with dark leafy greens and walnuts.
- For a warm dish, pear goes really well with game such as duck, goose or pheasant. Roast the pear alongside other vegetables such as parsnips and shallots and serve
- Also try adding chopped pair to a mix of quinoa and other veg and use as a stuffing for a roast squash