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I feel a bit bad for pears. Think about it—come September, apples start popping up by the bushel in farmers markets, and everyone promptly declares it "fall" and loses their minds. Apples shine in cider (both boozy and non). They're often spied snuggling up to pies and donuts and crumble and all those other fun, fall-y things we crave when the weather turns chillier.
So what about pears, their seasonal siblings? They have just as much to offer as apples. They're subtly sweet, come in many varietals, and have a giving texture (perfect for poaching and baking and roasting). We underutilized pears, and wrongfully so.
Pears deserve their 15 minutes this fall. Here are 12 sweet recipes to place them squarely in the spotlight.
What's your favorite way to enjoy ripe pears? With sharp blue cheese? In a compote? As-is? Tell us in the comments!