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Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Easy South African Ginger Pear Recipe

Easy Ginger Pear Recipe made with South African pears. The pear is native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of Africa. South African pears are in season from February to August. South African pears are mainly grown in the Western Cape. Areas including Elgin, Ceres and Wolseley are principally known for pear production. Pears were introduced to South Africa in the 1800's, about 3,000 varieties of pears are grown worldwide.

Ginger Pears

Ginger Pears

5 hard pears
3 cups water
7 cups sugar
½ cup chopped preserved ginger
3 lemons juice and rind

Pare and core the pears. Dice or cut into thin slices. Add water and cook until tender. Add the sugar, ginger, the lemon juice and grated rind. Simmer mixture until thick and pears are transparent. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

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