While you can get them year round, pears are an autumn fruit, and it’s during this season that you’ll find the freshest, juiciest pears in your grocery store’s produce aisle.
Being a fruit, it shouldn’t surprise you that the pear has a multitude of nutritional benefits. In particular, it’s an excellent source of fiber, which can help prevent or manage high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Pears are also a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium.
You’ve likely tried the Bartlett pear and possibly heard of the Anjou or Bosc varieties, but there are several different varieties of pears grown in the United States. Some are crisper than others, and some are super sweet. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the pear variety your recipe calls for and find that in your store, or one with similar characteristics.
Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach, Pecans
When you think of fall pear recipes, you might think of warm, gooey desserts. But this salad recipe from Gluten Free Goddess is a great way to use the fall flavors of pears and pecans without turning on the oven. Crisp, sweet, and with a hint of maple in the dressing, this is bound to be a seasonal favorite.
Pear Tart with Goat Cheese, Rosemary & Honey
This beautiful, savory sweet pear tart would be great served at a tea, where it can be the star of the show. It looks fancy, but the recipe is quite simple, and the flavors are perfectly suited to one another. Home and Plate knocked this one out of the park.
Walnut Pear Crisp
You don’t need to host a dinner party for an excuse to make this dessert. It’s a recipe built for two, and that’s probably best, as anything bigger and you’d have a hard time putting your spoon down! From the blog Love and Lemons, this recipe is a spin on traditional apple crisp, and would go great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Tropical Cheese Ball with Homemade Pear Chips
Like many sweet fruits, pears go great with cheese. This cheese ball takes that classic pairing to new heights, using sweet, tropical flavors like pineapple and toasted almonds. Scooped up with pear chips, it’s sure to be a hit.
Italian Pear Almond Cake
Don’t let the name fool you. This “cake” is mostly pears, or as Seasons & Suppers puts it, it’s “pears with some cake in it.” It’s a beautiful dessert that would be great served at a dinner party or tea. The best part: It looks like you spent hours, but the recipe is actually pretty easy.
Vanilla Roasted Pears
Simple recipes are often the best, and letting the fresh ingredients speak for themselves. This dessert from Smitten Kitchen is no exception, and calls for only six ingredients. You’ll highlight the sweet pears with vanilla bean, butter, and sugar, and let a slow roast in the oven work its magic. Serve it with a soft cheese or vanilla ice cream.
Maple Pear Cake
When you add fruit or vegetables to a cake — think apple, carrot, or zucchini — you not only get the flavor of your produce, but the fiber helps retain moisture, creating a cake with a perfect texture, like in this maple pear cake from The Cake Blog, packed with superb fall flavors.
Grilled Pears with Cinnamon Drizzle
It’s amazing what you can do in just a couple of steps, with only a few ingredients. With hardly any prep, create an Instagram-worthy dessert made of fresh pears drizzled in sea salt, pecans, and a mouthwatering sauce.
Pear Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
This traditional pear crisp from The Pioneer Woman is easy and perfect for a cold fall night. Make sure you use firm pears for this one, as you don’t want them turning to mush in the oven. Like most crisps, this recipe is pretty simple and most of the time you’ll spend on it is in preparing the fruit.
Crock Pot Pear Butter
Apples aren’t the only fall fruit you can make butter out of! Pears make a great spread for toast and baked treats. The best part about this recipe from Tammilee Tips is that, stored in decorative jars with pretty ribbons, it makes for a great gift.