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Cooking with pears

This is a williams pear, it is in season from January to May, find out more about Williams pears.We love cooking seasonally! And this season sings pears. Juicy, fresh and full of flavour we can happily say that pears are making themselves into our breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can’t go past pears in a brekkie smoothie and you certainly can’t go past pears in tart with crispy, crunchy and buttery pastry.

Before you start cooking with pears, get to know the fabulous Australian varieties on offer and tips about how to store, prepare and cook with them.


Choose the perfect pear variety this with insightful guide for pear season.

Infographic as featured in the myfoodbook 2015 Summer Entertaining Cookbook. Click to download.

How to pick

When picking a pear, keep your purpose in mind. If you are purchasing pears for a future recipe, choose one that is firmer to ensure it isn’t too soft when the time comes.

If you simply want to pick a pear for immediate eating, lightly press the pear on its stem. You want it to give slightly but not be too plush. Also have a look for any large bruises. A pear has tender flesh, so a bruise particularly on a softer fruit will indicate over ripeness.

How to store

To ripen a pear, store out of direct sunlight at room temperature. To speed up the process keep your pears in a brown paper bag. Once ripened, it is best to keep your fruit in the fridge.

How to cut 

Wash pears lightly in cool water and pat down with a dry cloth removing any moisture. Depending on what you wish to do with your pear, these are the two main preparation methods.

  1. Slicing – This style is great for salads, tarts, pizza or sandwiches.
  • Cut pears in half lengthways with a large utility knife
  • Using a melon baller, remove the core by scooping from the top of the pears stem to the bottom
  • Then lay the pear on its flat side, cutting slice widths of your choosing

2. Segmenting – This is great for poaching, roasting or glazing pears.

  • Start by peeling pears
  • Cut pears in half lengthways and then once again lengthways with a large utility knife
  • Using a melon baller, remove the core by scooping from the top of the pears stem to the bottom
Pear nutrition

A pear is the perfect snack. High in fibre and low in GI, it will keep you feeling fuller for longer and is brimming with vitamin C.

Ideas for cooking

Pears get us excited! Why? They continue to amaze us with their cooking potential. There are no limits when it comes to cooking with pears. As a simple snack, on a pizza or in an array of divine and impressive desserts.

Have a go at these fabulous ideas from Australian Pears as featured on the myfoodbook site; save your favourites and make a cookbook at myfoodbook.

Make an array of delicious pear recipes for in-season, autumn cooking

For more information on Australian Pears click here


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