Caramelized Onion, Zephyr Squash and Jazz Apples for #loveNZfruit

This is the last of three sponsored posts for the #loveNZfruit promotion. I have enjoyed creating these recipes, and I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well. Here’s my Taylor’s Gold Pear recipe, and here’s the lovely salad I made with Envy Apples last month. This month is special, though. This month, Jazz Apples has partnered up with The Canadian and American Diabetes Foundations with Crunch to Contribute. Post a photo of you crunching an intensely apple-y and crunchy Jazz Apple and the lovelies at Jazz Apples will donate a dollar to either the Canadian or American Diabetes Associations. Pretty cool, right? So, crunch away and share your snaps!

Great promotion! And isn’t there a giveaway too?

Summer Salad with Roasted Envy Apple Vinaigrette #loveNZfruit

Summer Salad with Roasted Envy Apple Vinaigrette

I am not a salad girl. I eat them at restaurants so people won’t know that I’m not a salad girl and get judge-y, but short of peer pressure, I rarely eat salad. Look at my recipe index on Ye Olde Blogge. I don’t even have a Salad category. And if I did have a Salad category, it would be populated with all the potato salads and pasta salads my carb loving brain could dream up.

So, after the fun sorbetto I made with NZ pears last month, I decided to challenge myself to make a summer salad using the lovely Envy Apples. And they are lovely, too. I read over on the Envy Apple site that they are a cross between the best of Braeburn and Royal Gala apples, and NZ fruit people, let me just say that you did a Darned Fine Job coming up with these guys.

Ooh, I love a good apple! Let’s hear about this salad.

Pickled Pear Sorbetto Using Taylor’s Gold Pears #LoveNZFruit

pickled pear sorbetto

I think that most of us in the United States consider pears and apples to be fall and winter fruits. We pair them with warm spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. We roast them; we bake them into pies to be enjoyed around a roaring fire or our Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert tables. We core them and pack them with streusel, nestling them up against each other like eggs in a carton, and bake them until their skins burnish, the fruit softens and the spices permeate our kitchens. No, there is nothing like a pear or apple dessert during the cold months.

Here’s the thing, though. During our summers, autumn pears are in season in New Zealand. Taylor’s Gold Pears are juicy, mellow and taste of mild honey. Their squat little cinnamon-colored bodies are the perfect size to eat chilled and out of hand. A perfect pear, refreshing in the summer and available to us from mid-April through July. Thanks, round earth. Thanks New Zealand for sharing your fruit with us. Because even though berries and peaches abound here, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy the unexpected: pears in the summer.

I could totally go for a pear right now! Tell me more.