Organic Lemon Minted Pears

Bosc pears and D’Anjou pears are one of the joys of the winter season. While both types are good for eating out of hand and cooking, the firm and crunchy brown-skin Bosc pear is the best for cooking as it holds its shape well. D’Anjou pears aren’t quite as flavorful as some other varieties, but have a pleasing soft texture and light green skin sometimes with an attractive red blush on the skin.

6 Servings



• 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
• 2 cups water
• 2 teaspoons lemon zest
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• ½ cup sugar
• 6 Bosc pears (about 2 pounds)
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed in 2 teaspoons water
• 1 4 ounce bittersweet chocolate bar


• Shred mint leaves by placing them in a stack and slicing across the stack of leaves, cutting mint into thin shreds. Set aside.
• Add 2 cups water into a non-reactive (not aluminum) saucepan. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar to the water and stir to combine.
• Cut the pears into quarters and cut out the cores (peeling them is optional, the peels add both color and fiber). Add pear quarters to the saucepan.
• Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 15-25 minutes, until pears are tender when the tip of a sharp knife in inserted in the thickest part.
• Remove pears from the saucepan, and add the mint and the cornstarch-water mixture to the liquid in the pan (still over low heat). Stir to thicken the syrup, and add the pears back into the pan, basting them with the syrup. Allow pears to cool in the syrup.
• Add four quarters of pear to each of six plates. Spoon the syrup evenly over the pears.
• Shave the chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler, or grate the chocolate bar. Sprinkle the shaved chocolate on the pears.

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This recipe is by Betty’s Organics friend and customer Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, a Sonoma County food writer specializing in recipe development and testing –
Organic Lemon Minted Pears