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Market Haul: Red Anjou Pears

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Pears mark a sweet spot in the dead of winter.

Right now the Greenmarkets are heavy on vegetables and non-produce items such as hand-milled flour, baked goods, and organic meat — little fruit is in sight. But I was drawn to the stand of an orchard in upstate New York, who sweetened things up with red Anjou pears. Anjou pears are a refreshingly sweet snack on their own, but an adventurous eater might try to top a pizza with them. If they’re still too firm for your liking, let them ripen at room temperature for a few days. Their off-white flesh will become sweeter, softer, and smoother.

What fruits are showing up at your local farmers markets? Tell us in the comments below!

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Amy Spriggs
Amy Spriggs
From aluminum recycling to xeriscaping, I'm learning as much as I can about living sustainably every day. more
  • Twyila S. 4 months ago
    I Love Pear Perserves, just Can’t make them very well!!:-0 Pear Jam or Pear Fried Pies, it’s All Good!! I Just CAN NOT IMAGINE EVEN TASTING PEAR PIZZA!!
  • Rita P. 8 years ago
  • Bonnie K. 8 years ago
    I have 2 pear trees in my 5 acres and 2 apple trees. freeze ,dry and can them for use all year.We even sell the excess cheaply and the bad ones we save for the deer to eat .
  • Jaritza C. 8 years ago
    The taste is great but are expensive
  • A B. 8 years ago
    Anjou pears are wonderful. I even put them in pear tart
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