Pear Honey Recipe2019-09-12
Pears are considered to be one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits. Pears are versatile and have a long storage life. This allowed them to be traded as a valuable and much-desired commodity in ancient times. They are so beloved that even the Greek poet Homer paid homage to pears and lauded them as a “gift of Gods.”
Pears are not originally from the United States. They were native to the Middle East and China, along the foothills of the Tian Shan mountain range in Central Asia. Early colonists brought the first pear trees to North American soil. Sadly, the trees cultivated in the eastern settlements did not survive due to crop blight infestation. Fortunately, the pear trees brought and grown west in the 1800s flourished under the unique agricultural conditions of the Pacific Northwest.
Today, the pears grown in the United States are very similar to the pears cultivated in France and Belgium, which are prized for their delicate flavor and buttery texture. They are mostly eaten fresh or used in salads or desserts. However, they can also be canned, juiced, dried and sometimes paired with other fruits to make jelly and jams.
How to make Pear Honey
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 3 hours
Ready In: 3 hrs 45 mins
Yields: 64 servings
- 8 cups peeled, cored and chopped Pittman & Davis Comice pears
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 8 cups white sugar
- Place chopped pears into a large pot, and pour pineapple juice over them to prevent them from browning. Stir in sugar, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to prevent scorching. When the pears are at a full boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the mixture is the color and texture of honey. The longer you cook it, the thicker it gets. Cooking time is usually 2 to 3 hours.
- Ladle into hot sterile jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Wipe rims with a clean damp cloth, and seal jars with lids and rings. Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, or the amount of time recommended by your local extension for your area. Enjoy.