Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
A savory pear chutney myriad of pears, shallots, ginger, raisins, almonds, etc. Well suited as a snack dip, with cheese, or atop a roasted pork butt, other meat, or vegetarian main dish.
I overcome my suspicions and make a tasty jam from just local pears, sugar, and lemon juice.
One of my absolute favorite jams, this tastes like biting into a ripe pear.