Pears

Pears

Pears have been grown in California since the Gold Rush. The fruit originated in Eastern Europe or Asia Minor, and it has been cultivated since prehistoric times. Members of the family Rosaceae, pears have many sweet edible kin, among them apples, loquats, strawberries, almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums. Pyrus communis, the classic European pear, gained popularity in Italy and France during the Middle Ages, and the number of varieties steadily increased. In the 1600s, a Massachusetts company ordered pear seeds from a British seed company, and their cultivation in the US began. Western coastal states now produce most of America’s pears, primarily Bartlett and Bosc varieties.

Pear Pairings

Pears, wine and cheese are a classic combination. Here are some suggested pairings for pear varieties and cheeses you can find at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, with wines that are produced locally.

Warren pears with Point Reyes Farmstead Blue Cheese and a late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Bartlett pears with triple-cream cheese like Mt. Tam or Red Hawk and a sweet Muscat wine

Bosc Pears with fresh goat cheese, honey, and an unoaked Chardonnay

Asian pears with Capricious cheese or St George and Pinot Noir

In Season

August, September, October, November

Recipes with Pears

Cheryl's Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Pears

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery

Pear Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake

Rebecca Courchesne, Frog Hollow Farm

Spring Salad

Hoss Zaré, Zaré at Fly Trap

Chocolate Goat Cheese Fondue with Pears

This recipe comes from Laura Werlin, author of Laura Werlin’s Cheese Essentials (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007).

Articles about Pears

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.

July 02, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Rafael Zuniga

Rafael’s passion for good food stems from his work with children and youth.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »