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Asian Pears from Blooming Grove, TX

July 28, 2011

Correction: We had previously said the Asian Pears were coming from Austin, TX – our mistake!  They are from our farmers in Blooming Grove, TX.

This weekend, the co-op style produce shares will include Asian Pears from Blooming Grove, TX.  Ever had one?  Asian pears taste like a cross between an apple and a pear but have a very distinct flavor and texture.

Asian pears are usually round, firm to touch when ripe, and are ready to eat after harvest.   They are crisp, juicy, and slightly sweet with some tartness, especially near the core.  And a huge bonus?  They’re known for keeping well!  Store Asian pears for a week at room temperature or up to three months (yes, months!) in the refrigerator.

Asian Pear Slaw with Chilies

from fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

6 celery ribs
4 Tbsp fresh lime juice
4 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp ginger root
6 Asian Pears, sliced ¼-inch thick
3 scallions, thinly sliced on diagonal
¼ cup cilantro leaves
½ tsp Fresno chili or Jalapeno chili, finely chopped

Whisk together juice, vinegar, and ginger and stir in celery and remaining ingredients with salt and pepper to taste. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

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More Asian Pear recipes…

* In all of these recipes, we recommend using pure cane sugar or sucanat instead of processed sugar, and farm-fresh milk or cream, where it calls for those ingredients.

Post a comment and let us know how you like them!

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