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A Thread About Pears

Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:33 am

Christmas has only been here for just over an hour, but by way of status report I am telling you I have not received any trees or partridges. However, upon waking up minutes after midnight and noticing it was technically Christmas Day, I somewhat ritualistically ate a pear. I believe it was a Bartlett pear, and it was delicious.

The other day, at the Byerly's in Golden Valley, I bought these reportedly Bartlett pears as well as a couple of Asian (tottori?) type pears. They were also selling those light green, archetypally pear-shaped pears which I believe are the Bosc pears, but I couldn't find a one that didn't have those gross brown scratches and stuff. Luckily, fourteen hours or so ago, at the Byerly's in Minnematonka, I was able to find some beautifully unblemished Bosc type pears and stocked up.

How awesome are pears? I wonder why I do not eat them more often; they bring just the right blend of sweetness and tartitude. When I lived in California there were some cafés that served sliced turkey sandwiches on which one of the "toppings" was sliced pear!! Those sandwiches were delicious.

I do not blame those twelve partridges of song and legend for hanging out in that pear tree.

(Do you think the singer of that song actually gets twelve pear trees for Christmas, or that each of the twelve partridges is presented to him/her in the same tree?)
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:58 am

Hi!

Interesting. I never really connected pairs to Christmas before except for that song.

I can only describe a bit what kind of pairs we generally get in the UK. As far as I have seen there is the dark green one and the light green one the light green one being kinda round. They are pretty good although like many people I don't eat much of them for some reason. Maybe it is an image problem or something!

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:04 am

OK, I have sampled all three types of pear that I purchased before Christmas. The Bartlett pear is sweeter than the Bosc pear; but the Bosc pear is tasty in its own right. The tottori pear is sweeter than the Bosc, I think not quite as sweet as the Bartlett, and ten times juicier than the two of them put together!! I mean I literally had to mop up a patch of my kitchen floor when I was done eating this pear!!

I have begun to wonder why there aren't any pear-based desserts. There is apple pie and apple crisp, why have I never encountered a pear pie or pear crisp?

Mmmmmm.... pears.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:29 am

Ever had Looza pear nectar? That stuff is sweeeeeeeeeeet.

Once at a grocery store in Vancouver (I think), I bought some apple pears, at least I think that's what they were called. I think they were apples shaped like pears (or maybe it was the other way around, but I'm pretty sure it was the first way I described). They really didn't have any flavor to them at all, so I elected not to buy them anymore.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:49 am

I'm something of an oddball on the pear issue. I like them, and eat them on a basically daily basis (with the occasional apple thrown in for a change of pace), but I don't like them ripe. I only buy them rock hard. Yummy *and* crisp.
 
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:28 am

Pears are great. Asian Pears, Bosc Pears, Bartletts, Reds...they're all good.

I've soaked them in red wine for hours and gave them a quick poaching. Yummy.

The best thing about pears? My extremely food finnicky son will eat pears all day long.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:25 pm

Follow-up on the apple pears, they're pears shaped like apples. Saw them in the store last night (normally I don't even notice them, but I guess this thread got me thinking about them).
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:42 pm

Quoting Airstud (Reply 2):
I have begun to wonder why there aren't any pear-based desserts. There is apple pie and apple crisp, why have I never encountered a pear pie or pear crisp?

There are countless recipes for pear desserts - including pear tart, pear pie and pear cobbler - the French love 'em. Here's a few and they can be a great substitute in any apple recipe:

http://www.food.com/recipes/pears-desserts/recommended

There are main courses using pears (duck baked with pears is good) and fresh, ripe pears (fresh or cooked) with cheese is a classic:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/i...with-blue-cheese-recipe/index.html

"Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese"

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:29 pm

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
they bring just the right blend of sweetness and tartitude

My congratulations on the discovery of a truly excellent, new adjective.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:15 pm

I like pears.
I also like pear shaped women.  
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 8):
My congratulations on the discovery of a truly excellent, new adjective.

Just realised, to my idiotic horror, that 'tartitude' isn't an adjective.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:54 am

Stumbled upon the Warren Pear at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and it was by far the best pear I've tasted. It seems like this pear isn't very common and found mainly in specific parts of the US. If you happen to see this pear the next time you're at a farmers market, I would highly recommend trying one.
 
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:04 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 7):
There are countless recipes for pear desserts - including pear tart, pear pie and pear cobbler

Ooops! I forgot the great one - pears poached in red wine. Once the pears are done, take 'em out and reduce the wine mixture until it is a syrupy glaze.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5...4/poached-pears-in-spiced-red-wine

"Poached pears in spiced red wine. A completely fat-free pud that isn't boring. It's not just Good Food, it's genius

Yummy.  

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:58 pm

Well, I think this thread may possibly start a big "run" on pears ! I was just in Aldi's yesterday, and they had pretty little pears from Chile, and some really "yucky" looking black ones from .......someplace; I spent some time inspecting all the pears, then for some inexplicable reason, I bought a lime and a lemon. I ate the lime today; Wow! talk about "tartitude"!
I had a hell of a time peeling the skin off of the thing; my best advice........unless you like REALLY sour fruit......better skip limes ! I bought a bag of California navel oranges.....those suckers are GOOD !

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:19 am

I drink a six pack of pear cider after Christmas but before New Years.

Don't get me started on pickled pears...
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:36 am

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
How awesome are pears? I wonder why I do not eat them more often;

Pears are awesome, but I have a good reason why you should stick to 1-2/day. They're loaded with sorbitol, especially when ripe. Sorbitol is a naturally-occurring chemical found in white grapes, pears...and prunes. If you eat too much sorbitol, the next day will be unpleasant.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:24 am

I only like pears when they are sliced and jarred. I for some reason cant eat the actual fruit.
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RE: A Thread About Pears

Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:49 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
I like pears.

I'm sure you like a nice pair, oops I mean pear...

Conference pears seem to be the most common type here, though Asian pears are very nice but rare (I believe they are called "nashi pears" in New Zealand, where I first had them?

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:32 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
Pears are awesome, but I have a good reason why you should stick to 1-2/day. They're loaded with sorbitol...If you eat too much sorbitol, the next day will be unpleasant.

Well, I'm not sure that I've ever eaten more than one per day...but now you've piqued my curiosity. What sort of unpleasantness (feel free to describe it in the broadest, most non-lavatorial terms possible) gets brought on by hypersorbitolitude?

Edit.... hmmm, I now notice you said it occurs in prunes. So my question is effectively answered right there, am I right?

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:17 pm

Quoting Airstud (Reply 18):
Edit.... hmmm, I now notice you said it occurs in prunes. So my question is effectively answered right there, am I right?


I believe you are quite correct.

On the other hand, if you are having regularity issues, pears are a fantastic choice.

The trouble with sorbitol and other natural fibers (inulin, cellulose) is that in large quantities, they are metabolized by gut flora. This metabolism produces excess gas, which causes bloating, cramping, and flatus (which is the $25 dollar word for "fart/farting").

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RE: A Thread About Pears

Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:28 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 19):
they are metabolized by gut flora

For a dude who slept through all his high school science classes, I sure am having my curiositah piqued.

I thought being metabomalized was what we want to happen to our fooditude. I thought the alternatives were storage (getting fat), or...uh... release.
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