Fall is the season for pears, and from cocktails to salads, we’re dishing on all the best ways to enjoy every last drop of the sweet bounty. To know if a pear is ripe, gently push at the neck, around the stem. If it's firm, give your pear a few more days to ripen. If the fruit gives just a bit under your finger, you're holding a ripe pear. Pears past their prime are delicious in breads and sauces. You're sure to find a favorite pear recipe in this collection, and when you do, you'll be thinking "Apple who?" when the temps start to drop. Pears will soon be your autumnal passion.
Serve this simple relish over chicken, fish, or quesadillas, or just spoon into fresh endive spears.
Combine 2 cups chopped red Anjou pear, 1/3 cup sliced kumquat, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon honey; let stand 10 minutes. Add 1/3 cup sliced green olives, 3 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots, 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh chives, 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper; toss. Yield: 12 servings (serving size: ¼ cup). CAL: 47; FAT: 2.4g (sat 0.3g); SOD: 105mg