Abundant harvest….

Our pear tree has been unusually productive this year. It usually has a year like this, then we have to wait for a few years before it has many pears again.

pear tree with rusty climbing frame in front of it

That’s Zachary’s wobbly climbing frame in front – it does more cluttering up of the garden than entertainment for the kids. I’ve got my eye on it for its rust potential though…

A couple of weeks ago, I felt as though I was drowning in pears. They were falling from the tree faster than I could use them.

bowl of pears

They don’t keep very long once they are off the tree, so I cooked them in syrup in the oven. The preparation was the worst… the discarded rotten bits and the peel took up almost as much room as the pear pieces.

peeled pears and discarded bits

Here is a Tupperware full in the fridge waiting to be eaten. There is still a boxful of whole pears in the fridge too…

tupperware container full of cooked pears

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3 Responses to Abundant harvest….

  1. joyce September 26, 2006 at 12:21 am #

    One year someone gave me a lot of windfall pears that had to be cut apart to get rid of bad spots and used right away so I made pear chutney. It was fabulous. Of course now I can’t remember what recipe I used but I hunted around online and there are lots of recipes. It had raisins and lots of spices. It was to die for. If your family likes chutney it might be an idea for some of those pears. If you are interested let me know and I’ll see if I can find the recipe or a similar one.

  2. MargaretR September 26, 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    Wonderful crop of pears there Liz, but a lot of preparation to use them up.
    I remember being allowed to go to the WI when I was very young because my mother couldn’t go. We made 1/2 a dozen cans of pears each. They were big cans and I’ll always remember. There was a machine to seal the lids on and they had to be steamed for some reason. They were just like the tinned pears you buy today. Mags

  3. Karoda September 28, 2006 at 3:12 am #

    um, i love pears but wouldn’t know what to do with that many!