An unusual bounty

We have a pear tree. We think it’s probably a Bartlett. It’s not a very successful pear tree; for the first couple of years we owned the place I didn’t prune it, and it produced only a handful of tiny gnarly spotty pears. By the time we cut the nasty bits out we only managed one small bowl of fruit each.

Then I looked up pear trees, and how to care for them, and, well, I don’t do everything I should but I do prune. But it’s still not a very successful pear tree. We’ve never gotten more than a dozen pears off it, though their quality has improved significantly.

Until this year.

Big box full of pears

Everyone’s pear trees are producing well this year. I think the problem is that they usually flower too early for there to be a lot of bees active. I’ve also read that pear flowers are not that attractive to bees. And that although Bartletts and many other varieties are self-pollinating, they do better when paired with another tree.

Anyway, whatever the reasons, this year the tree produced like we’ve never seen before. So now we have the pleasant problem of what to do with the pears. We can only eat so many fresh pears at a time!

Bag of pears ready for freezer, surrounded by fresh pears

I’m freezing them. I’ve given some to a friend, and been promised pear-ginger jam.

Pears in dehydrator

I’m dehydrating them.

Cinnamon rolls in a pan on top of baked pears

And I’m using them. I just made pear upside-down cinnamon rolls. And damn, they were good.

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  1. Thanks, they are incredibly easy to make. The cinnamon rolls are made with slightly sweetened (+1 tablespoon of sugar) baking powder biscuit dough set over pears tossed in a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. No thickening agent, so the pear juice can be drizzled over the cinnamon roll when serving. They are FRIGHTENINGLY good, and I am trying very hard to restrain myself from making and eating them all every day. That would NOT be wise.

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