One of the things I love most about the seasonal and local approach that my family and I have towards what we eat, is that we mark the seasons in terms of fruits and vegetables.
Winter brings citrus and pomegranate, Spring means asparagus, lettuce, and strawberries. Summer comes with berries, cherries, cucumbers, corn, peaches…
But Fall is my favorite. Fall is when I start canning and “putting up” all that glorious summer produce, and it’s also when apples and pears come into season. Did you know that there are over 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide, and that Colorado’s climate is just right to grow many of them? Look around the older neighborhoods this time of year-you’ll see apple trees everywhere! Pears do fairly well here, too.
While apples and pears are both great for snacking, they can really shine when cooked. Whether you grow your own, visit an orchard or farm stand, or simply take advantage of the great supermarket prices right now, here are several ways to enjoy the season’s bounty:
“Great fun treat for a Halloween party and just as perfect for Sunday brunch.”
“This is an easy-to-make pear tart recipe that your guests will love! It’s on the lighter side so it’s a perfect addition to your holiday dinner menu.”
A hearty protein packed breakfast, perfect for cold mornings!
Can also be made with pears! Freeze it in small containers or mason jars (leave some space) to keep fresh for months.
An easy, kid-friendly dessert, or a fun weekend breakfast treat!
In addition to these sweet treats, try some of these savory ideas!
- Add diced fruit to a salad
- Serve sliced fruit alongside a cheese and meat platter
- Add thin slices of fruit to a grilled cheese sandwich
- For a gourmet spin on homemade pizzas, try this combo: brush olive oil on crust instead of red sauce, top with grated Swiss cheese, crumbled bacon, and thinly sliced pear. Trust me-it’s to die for!
- Cut apples in large dices and combine with chunks of carrot and onion. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and oven-roast in a single layer at 400 F for 20 minutes or until tender
Thanks to the Colorado bloggers who contributed their recipes for this roundup! All recipes and photos used with permission.