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Pears: 13 Ways

From crumbles to soup, the pear is a versatile ingredient. Here are tips and recipes you need to know.

Pears are a perfect alternative to apples — crisp, sweet, and full of fiber. However, buying them isn't as simple. When you buy pears should determine when you are planning to eat them.

How to pick and store a pear: Ripe pears can be identified by gently pressing your finger into the fruit where the stem meets the flesh. If it starts to give, the pear is ripe. This is the only place where you want the fruit to be ripe. Other soft places will foreshadow your first bite into the pear will be  mealy and mushy — yuck. On the other hand, buy hard pears if you plan on eating them in a few days. Once you get them home, store pears at room temperature.

Use these 13 recipes to discover how versatile pears can be — from main dishes to dessert.