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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Easy South African Ginger Pear Recipe

Easy Ginger Pear Recipe made with South African pears.


Easy Ginger Pear Recipe made with South African pears.
Ginger 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 1800s, about 3,000 varieties of pears are grown worldwide.


Easy South African Ginger Pear Recipe 


Ingredients

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


Directions

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.


Popular Pear Varieties Grown in South Africa


Pears such as bosc, forelle, bon chretian, packham's triumph, doyenne du comice, and abate fetel are popular pear varieties grown throughout South Africa's Elgin, Ceres and Wolseley area pear agricultural estates. South Africa is perfect for growing pears since ear trees require full sun to produce the most fruit. It can take 3 to 10 years for trees to begin flowering and producing fruit. Pear trees can be grown organically simply because they do not require any sprays to keep them healthy and pest-free. Pears are related to apples but can be easier to grow than apples in Africa. Watering, weeding, mulching, and pruning will keep your South African pear trees healthy for years to come.



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