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Subarashii Kudamono
(Wonderful Fruit)

Produced by Monica Rogozinski


February 2011


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.




Tasty Extras:

RECIPE:
Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear Wedge Salad with Balsamic Honey Reduction


Ingredients

• 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


Directions:
First, get your balsamic honey reduction going. Place honey, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over HIGH HEAT. Soft Boil (at 240 degrees) until the ingredients have reduced to a syrupy consistency (like maple syrup consistency) for about 5 minutes (this should yield about 2 tbsp.) Turn off heat and set aside until your salads are ready. Divide the 4 wedges of lettuce among four plates. Top your greens with the Asian Pears, crumbled goat cheese, and walnuts. Finally, drizzle your balsamic reduction over the tops of the salads.




Links

Wonderful Fruit
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):

  • Wegmans
  • Fair Foods Farmstand
  • Maido!
  • Talula's Table
  • Weavers Way Coop
  • Mariposa Coop
  • Pumpkin cafe and shop
  • Farmhouse Markets
  • Hillview Farms Market (NJ)
  • Greensgrow Farms
  • Swathmore Coop
  • Whole Earth Center (NJ)
  • Jamie Hollander Gourmet
  • Kimberton Whole Foods