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Pears

Pears

When eaten at their perfectly ripe moment it’s hard to beat these bulbous fruits – and the juicy flesh will be a match with savoury and sweet dishes alike, says Clarissa Hyman

When biting into a pear it can be like Russian roulette – you never know whether the provocative gold-green minx could be a mouthful of dry and woody fibre or grainy mush. With luck it is a luscious fruit with a subtle, fragile flavour at its fleeting moment of perfection. The pear is a tree of great antiquity – a native of the Caucasus, it was spread by Aryan tribes as they migrated into north India and the Middle East. From there, it made its way through the temperate regions of Europe. The wild pear hardly blossoms at all, with the result that the fruits are few and tiny. However, once the Romans got to work diligently grafting and cross-pollinating, they produced – according to Pliny the Elder – more than 40 varieties of cultivated pear. These included Pirum libralium, which weighed about half a kilo and must have been a wow on patrician dinner tables. The Romans ate pears both…

  • Jerusalem artichokes

    January produce

    Bib, blood orange, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chicory, clams, clementines, cockles, cod, dab, dates, Dover sole, endive, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, gurnard, haddock, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, langoustine,…

  • Lemons

    February produce

    Beetroot, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, clams, cockles, cod, crab, forced rhubarb, guinea fowl, haddock, hake, halibut, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, leeks, lemons, lemon sole, mackerel, mussels,…

  • Purple sprouting broccoli

    March produce

    Beetroot, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, clams, cockles, cod, crab, forced rhubarb, guinea fowl, haddock, hake, halibut, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, leeks, lemons, lemon sole, mackerel, mussels,…

  • Shallots

    April produce

    Asparagus, cabbage, carrots, chervil, cockles, Cornish mullet, crab, crayfish (freshwater, non-native), deer (male roebuck, muntjac and fallow), Jersey Royals, kale, lemon sole, pike, plaice, pollack, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, St George’s…

  • Asparagus

    May produce

    Artichokes (globe), asparagus, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, crab, crayfish (freshwater, non-native), cuttlefish, duck, eel, fennel, leeks, lettuce, morels, new potatoes (Jersey Royals, Cornish), pea shoots, perch, pollack, pollan, rabbit,…

  • Broad beans

    June produce

    Apricots, artichokes (globe), asparagus, black bream, brill, broad beans, brown shrimp, carrots, cauliflowers, cucumbers, crab, elderflowers, fennel, gooseberries, grey mullet, lamb, lettuce, mackerel, mangetout, peas, plaice, pollack, quail, radishes,…

  • Blueberries

    July produce

    Anchovies, apricots, artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, blackcurrants, blueberries, broad beans, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chanterelles, cherries, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, cuttlefish, dwarf beans, elderflowers, fennel,…

  • Tomatoes

    August produce

    Artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, borlotti beans, broad beans, brown shrimps, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chillies, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, fennel, French beans, garlic, John Dory, kohlrabi, langoustines, lettuce,…

  • Figs

    September produce

    Artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, borlotti beans, broad beans, brown shrimps, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chillies, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, fennel, French beans, garlic, John Dory, kohlrabi, langoustines, lettuce,…

  • Plums

    October produce

    Apples, blackberries, damsons, duck, eel, figs, grapes, grouse, hazelnuts, pears, plums, beetroot, broccoli, celeriac, celery, chard, fennel, grey mullet, hare, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, marrow, kohlrabi, loganberries, mussels, oysters, potatoes, pumpkin,…

  • Pumpkins

    November produce

    Apples, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chestnuts, chicory, cod, crab, endive, fennel, grouse, guinea fowl, haddock, halibut, hare, hazelnuts, herring, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lemon sole,…

  • Chestnuts

    December produce

    Brill, brown crab, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chestnuts, chicory, clams, clementines, cockles, cod, cranberries, dates, Dover sole, endive, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, gurnard, haddock, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory,…

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