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Pears, those uniquely shaped oblong fruits, are a fall favorite for a reason. With so many varieties to choose from, there's a pear for everyone's tastes -- from crisp and crunchy to soft and juicy.
Pears easily show off in a number of recipes, from sweet to savory -- salads benefit from the fruit's crunch, desserts get infused with the pears' flavor and aroma, and compotes, relishes and sauces made with pears enhance the flavors of roast meat and poultry. Pears are just as versatile as any other fall favorite -- and they don't have to play second fiddle to apples anymore!
Each pear variety has its perfect use. Bosc pears keep their shape best, making them ideal roasted, poached or sliced thinly for salads. Asian pears are terrific raw in salads because they're so crunchy. Bartlett and Anjou pears are great in desserts because they're tender and sweet. Try these recipes and the pears that go with each and you'll find a greater appreciation for the humble fruit.
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