This month, whether strolling the produce aisle or perusing popular food websites, one trend is sure to pop out: the prevalence of fresh pears. December has again been proclaimed National Pear Month by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a nod to the abundance and variety of fresh pears in season and available nationwide.
“We’re inspired by the ways our favorite bloggers feature pears,” says Cristie Mather, communications director for Pear Bureau Northwest. “For home cooks looking for fresh recipe ideas this holiday season, there’s no shortage of delectable pear dishes to choose from online.”
Six standout recipes this season come from food blogs of all styles – ranging from preserving to gluten-free cooking – and using various varieties of pears:
The Pear Bureau Northwest was established in 1931 as a nonprofit marketing organization to promote the fresh pears grown in Oregon and Washington.
Today, the United States is the third largest pear-producing country in the world, and Oregon and Washington comprise the nation’s largest pear growing region with 1,600 growers producing 84% of all fresh pears grown in the United States. Pears grown in these two Pacific Northwest states are distributed under the “USA Pears” brand.