Fresh, juicy, local pears are coming in season
You don’t have to wait for gold-wrapped holiday pears. In Tennessee, pears are September’s gift to you. These local fruits are usually abundant from now through mid-October. To enjoy them at their best, go ahead and pick them while still firm, but allow them a chance to mellow on your kitchen counter before putting their taste to the test. When the neck of the pear “gives” to a gentle touch, enjoy a fresh local pear—then try these recipes.
- Spiced Pear Pie
- Honey-Roasted Pears with Pine Nuts
- Spiced Pear Bundt Cake
- Poached Pears with Sorghum Cream Sauce
- Open-Faced Pear and Blue Cheese Sandwiches
- Shaved Pear and Warm Pecan Salad
Botany: Pears belong to the rose family and are related to apples and quince.
Growing: Trees can grow to heights of over 40 feet, but commercially, they are kept low by pruning to make the tops accessible.
Lifespan: Pear trees may live to be 100 years old, but the average life of a commercial tree is around 30 years.
Origin: Northwest India