Tinitrader is excited to bring you a series of recipes sourced from Everyday Gourmet and cooked deliciously with fresh in-season Aussie Farmers Direct products. This week's feature in-season ingredient is the delicious pear. Read on for fantastic tips on pears and a delicious pear dessert recipe, all using 100% Australian fresh produce from Aussie Farmers.
Meet the Farmer
Giulio Petrucci, Apple and Pear farmer in 'Pickering Brook in Perth Hills. Giulio's farm has 21 acres of apples, stone fruits and pears. In total, there are 2000 pear trees, with all pears handpicked and freshly delivered each day.
There are eight main varieties of pears in Australia. Packhams are an Australian variety from 1890s (after Charles Packham) and are a cross between a William pear and a Bell pear. Medium to large in size, the Packham is available from May to January. Its white flesh is firm but juicy with a rich flavour. When ripe, they turn a less intense green.
William Pears have green skin that become light yellow when ripe when ripe.
William Pears are a medium sized pear, famous for its yellow colour when ripe and is available from mid-January to May. Williams pears are versatile and are ideal fresh as a snack, or for poaching, baking and slicing into salads. Packhams are picked in May
Tips from Apple & Pear Association
The Apple & Pear Association of Victoria have put together this handy graph showing what pears are in season dependent on the time of the year.
Tips for Pears
To check when a pear is ready to eat, press the flesh around the stem gently. If ripe it will give a little.
Pears are high in fibre which can help lower cholesterol.
Pears are low GI, which makes them an ideal nutritious snack to keep you going.
Everyday Gourmet’s Pears Belle Helen
Chef: Justine Schofield
Time: 30 min cooking
3 William pears, peeled, left whole and cored (The pears should be firm but still ripe)
1 cup of caster sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 orange peel
1 star anise
1 tbs. sugar
225g dark cooking chocolate
25g butter, cold
3 scoops of good quality vanilla bean ice cream
100g Almond flakes - toasted
Bring to the boil the water, sugar, vanilla, orange, and star anise. Turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes. Now add the pears and place a cartouche (baking paper cut into circle, with a small hole in centre) on top. Gently poach for 5 minutes. Carefully pour the pears and the liquid into a bowl, ensuring the pears are submerged in the liquid and chill completely.
When ready to serve, make the chocolate sauce. Bring to the boil the milk, cream and sugar. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Constantly stir until all of the chocolate has melted. Now incorporate the butter.
To serve, place the pears in shallow bowls, with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with nuts.
Aussie Farmers Direct
Aussie Farmers Direct is an independent online retailer that delivers 100% Australian fresh produce, direct to the doorstep. We are passionate about supporting and sustaining Aussie farmers. We are purpose before profits and we will never replace Australian produce that is out of season with imported products.
Food imports have grown to more than $12 billion and Australian farmers have borne the brunt of this lost income.We supply a full range of 100% Aussie fresh food including free range, organic, GMO free and ‘Natures Grade’ produce which is food as nature intended. Up to 30% of a farmer’s income is thrown away and wasted because nature’s produce doesn’t meet imposed supermarket requirements.
We have our own fair food charter which seeks a sustainable and fair price for our farmers’ produce and there are no hidden fees, rebates or costs.We offer free delivery to homes across six states of Australia so that our customers get the convenience of online food shopping, but know they are getting fresher, fairer and more sustainable food.
We know a small change in shopping habits, makes a real difference – it’s good for you, good for farmers and good for Australia.
We want everyone to Shop Fair, Eat Fresh
Why food choices matter?
Family farms in Australia have declined by 11% over the past five years and 40% over the past 30 years. These families, who live on farms, grow our food.
Our own Aussie Farmers Foundation
Our own Aussie Farmers Foundation has donated more than $1 million to rural and regional communities for farmer drought assistance, food rescue, local infrastructure and health. We have also directly donated more than $1.2 million to schools, clubs and community groups through our Aussie Farmers Fundraising program.