Farm Fresh Georgia(The University of North Carolina Press, 2014) is the first of its kind, a local guidebook for food enthusiasts of the Peach State. Jodi Helmer leads a lively tour of almost 400 farms and other farm-based attractions. Readers are presented with irresistible options of farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and cozy bed and breakfasts. Excerpted from “Lower Coastal Plain,” this Pear Relish Recipe is a great treat alongside poultry or pork.
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Preserving the fall harvest inspired Caroline Ables of Red Brick Farm to create a pear relish recipe. It’s a sweet accompaniment best paired with pork chops or served over chicken (and good enough to eat by the spoonful)!
Pear Relish Recipe
Yields 10 to 12 pints
14 pears, cored and coarsely chopped
8 medium sweet onions, coarsely chopped
2 green bell peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 quart apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon turmeric
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
Pickling spice to taste
10-12 pint-size jars, ready to use
In a food processor, working in batches, grind the pears, onions, and bell peppers, 6-8 pulses. In a large pot, combine this mixture with the vinegar, sugar, turmeric, pepper, salt, and pickling spice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Fill the prepared jars with relish and seal with lids.
Reprinted with permission from Farm Fresh Georgia by Jodi Helmer and published by The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.