Thursday, August 30, 2012

Many European pears & some Asian pears ripe now

   Many 'Luscious' European pears are now ripe.  This variety really lives up to its name.  I give taste samples; they're MUCH better than grocery store pears.  I've already got over 700 lbs. harvested in the cooler, and we've sold a lot already and I'm still picking more.
We have many 'Luscious' European pears (foreground) and some 'Shinko' Asian pears (background) harvested and ready for sale, now till late Sept. or early Oct.
   European pears are delicious for fresh eating, and I especially like them in various cooked recipes.  Bill makes a wonderful spiced pear compote that's great on waffles, and he's made some for sale also.  The recipe was posted on the Facebook page for Brenda's Berries on Aug. 26, and other pear recipes are posted as Notes.  Bill's also made a pear sauce that he likes on pork chops.
Bill's spiced pear compote tastes great on waffles, with a little maple syrup.
   We have some Asian pears harvested also.  Asian pears are juicy and crunchy, shaped like apples, great for fresh eating and salads but not for use in most baked or cooked dishes. I like to peel an Asian pear and eat it whole with my sandwich for lunch.
'Shinko' Asian pears (foreground) are great for fresh eating and salads, while 'Luscious' European pears (background) are wonderful for cooking & baking as well as fresh eating.

   Both types of pears keep well for 5 to 6 weeks in a refrigerator.  Take European pears out a couple days before you want to eat them, or a day before you want to cook with them, and set them on the counter to soften and turn light yellow.  Asian pears can be eaten right out of the fridge.
   We're still open our summer hours through tomorrow, Aug. 31.  From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31, we're open our fall hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m.  I'm out harvesting pears most of the day, so phone ahead 620-597-2450 to let me know when you're coming, or ring the bell on the sales building to let me know when you're here.