USA Pears Pairs up this December


PORTLAND, Ore. – December 6, 2016 – Each year in December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaims National Pear Month, a chance to celebrate the bounty of the Northwest. This month marks the time when all ten varieties of pears grown in the USA are at their peak freshness and availability, making pears an irresistible choice for holiday treats, as well as general munching.

This year, USA Pears has partnered with other delicious foods to celebrate the many uses for pears and grow our network of pear enthusiasts. “Most consumers prefer to eat their pears fresh and whole, which is great,” says Kathy Stephenson, director of marketing and communications for USA Pears. “But pears are so versatile. They’re excellent roasted with a little olive oil, compliment rich meats and cheeses and blend into hearty soups. So we invited some friends to showcase all the different ways they enjoy pears during National Pear Month.”

Throughout the month of December, partners will share recipes from on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest social media sites. USA Pears will share pear recipes from their partner sites on the same channels. “Hopefully, we inspire consumers and encourage them to try their own pairings,” says Stephenson.

Pear Up for National Pear Month partners include: Tajin, Tillamook Dairy, Oregon Food Bank, JEM Nut Butters, Pacific Northwest Canned Pears, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, The National Honey Board, Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, US Cranberries, The National Peanut Board, Harry & David, US Apple Association, Litehouse, Clear Creek Distillery, Produce for Better Health and more.

Juicy pear recipes include: Tatin, croustades, quesadillas, pies, poaching, cocktails, mocktails and other fun preparations!

To follow all the fun and ins-pear-ation or to join in by sharing  your favorite pairings, follow @USAPears on social media and use the hashtags #PearUp #NationalPearMonth and #PerfectPearings.