Produced by Monica Rogozinski
Friday Arts visits a lush Asian orchard, but doesn't need a passport. Subarashii Kudamono, a world-class producer of gourmet Asian pears, is right next door: its orchards are spread across several acres of the Lehigh Valley. Asian pears are not your average pears. We'll show you the surprisingly spherical fruit as it hangs on the branch and then follow its travels as it is picked, inspected, wrapped, and sent into the world. Subarashii insiders describe the patented varieties of Asian pears that they have carefully bred for rich, sweet flavors you won't find anywhere else. Subarashii Kudamono means "wonderful fruit," and these pear growers are serious about living up to the name.
Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear Wedge Salad with Balsamic Honey Reduction
• 2 medium-large (2 1/2 in. diameter) Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear (Niitaka variety) cubed or cut into wedges
• 1 head of Ice Berg Lettuce cut into 4 wedges
• 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
• 1/2 of a 4-oz. log of goat cheese crumbled (roughly 4 tbsp)
• 1/4 cup honey
• Pinch each of salt and pepper
• 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pears and products are available online at www.wonderfulfruit.com Fresh pears are available typically September through December/January depending upon the season. Dried fruit is available year round.
Subarashii Kuadamono is offering a free ground shipping special to WHYY viewers for 2011. Enter promotional code WHYY when placing an online order and enjoy!
Wines of Subarashii
Find Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pears' wines & spirits in PA and other states: www.winesofsubarashii.com.
And for those viewers in the Greater Philly and surrounding Philly region - here's a list of stores and restaurants who carry Subarashii dried fruit and/or fresh fruit (when fresh is in season):
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