The pear is a fruit that has been cultivated for nearly all human history and is renowned for its delicate flavors and textures. Thanks to their versatility and long storage life, pears were a valuable and much-desired commodity among the trading routes of the ancient world. It is a fruit that is native to the temperate climates of the old world and first arrived in the americas with early north American colonists.
In America, The northwest is the premier growing region producing fresh fruit year round. The first arrival of pear trees to Oregon and Washington came with the pioneers. These trees found their way to the region by way of the Lewis and Clark Trail. The fertile volcanic soil in the northwest provides excellent growing conditions for succulent juicy fruit. The American roundsman presents the bounty of America with this poached pear dessert. Featuring Bartlett pears poached in California red wine, the sweetness of the pears plays beautifully with the tartness of the wine. Finished with fresh berries, and drizzled with a syrup of reduced wine and pear juice, this dish sings of freshness.