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What a load of Pears!

So here’s the thing. I’ve got tonnes of pears. They are fairly small and not the juiciest but they are prolific. The allotment has been kind.

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They come from a tree with a great story.

When we started the allotment there was an enormous compost heap in the corner.

Eventually we got around to clearing it as it was fairly messy and not really making compost just mess.

Under the heap was a stump.

The stump looked very forlorn. The previous owner of the plot knew nothing about it.

The following year it sprouted.

The year after that it had flowers.

The next spring the flowers got as far as being fruitlets but these fell off.

Then the next year we had seventy pears!

Blimey!

Last year was quiet again. But now that bag full is about half the harvest. I think we must have a hundred.

So the question is:

What would you do with them?

All useful suggestions gratefully received. And if you’re passing this way you are welcome to them.

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The pear tree is in the corner next to the bee hive just now.

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13 comments on “What a load of Pears!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 13, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update pear wine, pear jam or jelly, pear cake, can some in syrup in jars freeze some make leathers crisp have an awesome day and a blessed one

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  2. cathie2014
    August 13, 2014

    I’d try and make cider! 🙂

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  3. Agents of Field
    August 13, 2014

    What a a lovely story! There’s something so heartening about the quiet endurance of nature.

    You could always make a quick lunch from the pears with a recipe like this:

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pear-manchego-salad

    That way you get to use up some of your home-grown salad leaves and rosemary as well. And your honey of course!

    Sophie

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  4. TheDigger
    August 13, 2014

    Could you make perry? Dunno how easy it is to make. You could stick them in jars with brandy, that would be lush with ice cream. Pear crumble is lovely. It’s really easy to dry apples in the oven to make crisps, I expect you can do the same with pears.

    Anyway, you must be doing something right with the tree to get all those!

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  5. andy1076
    August 13, 2014

    I ❤ pears! yummy!

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  6. Expat Eye
    August 13, 2014

    Pear crumble! 🙂

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  7. silverbells2012
    August 13, 2014

    Agreed – pear crumble!

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    • lizard100
      August 13, 2014

      Not really very into baked deserts for one thing it’s hot here and I’m lazy. Might dehydrate some sliced though.

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  8. sadnesstheory
    August 14, 2014

    Oh, we have pears at the common garden where we live, but last year they just tasted bitter. With apples i know you can also freeze them if you first cut them in pieces.

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