I Have a Laundry Basket of Sand Pears

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Remember the 75 pounds of peaches? Well, now I am happy to be swimming in pears.

sand pears

These are sand pears: crunchy, crisp and (hence the name) slightly gritty.

I was glad I didn’t have one fall on my head as I was picking them; those pears are big and pretty heavy too!

I’m not as panicky about getting them processed as I was about the peaches; sand pears ripen much more slowly.

I have found that the grittiness is reduced as they ripen.

sand pear

Right now I have a batch of spiced sand pear butter in the Crock-Pot; look for that recipe soon!

Other plans include a gingery pear jam and pear cobbler mix.

Do you have any favorite sand pear recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas. It seems that many have never even heard of these pears.

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10 responses »

  1. Alright – congratulations!

    Yes – I have a recipe around here somewhere for the most amazing sweet and spicy pear salsa you’ve ever tasted. Utterly addicting. I’ll look for it.

  2. I got a bunch last year from someone who claimed not to like pears. Perhaps because he picked them when they were hard and inedible? I was able to can them in syrup and that softened them up perfectly.

  3. Looking for some sand pears to make a relish. I am in SE Texas along the coast Beaumont, Port Arthur area. Any thoughts of where to buy or pick some.
    Thanks Pat

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