It depends on where you live, but if you can track down a Warren Pear at your local farmers market, you're in for a treat. This special pear blends the best traits of a few different varieties into one rather perfect, juicy, flavorful early winter fruit.
Simultaneously sweet and spicy like its cousin the Seckel but larger in size and a bit juicier like the Comice, the Warren Pear is perfect for eating as is, slicing in salads or baking. The Los Angeles Times just wrote a piece on the history of the pear, outlining its slow popularity due to difficulty with pollination and the length of time pear trees take to come into bearing. The Warren pear is complex and doesn't have that grittiness that some pears can have. It feels special, and for that, we found a few of our favorite pear recipes from the archives that we think would be perfect if you come across a bag of Warrens this winter.
A Few of Our Favorite Pear Recipes:
• Mom's Pear Skillet Cake
• Honey and Spice Poached Pears
• Spiced Pear Muffins
• Pear and Blue Cheese Crostata
• Dark Gingerbread Pear Cake
Related: Look! A Vertical Pear Salad
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