So when I went to visit my neighbor last weekend she mentioned that another neighbor of ours (a friend of hers) had a pear tree in his front yard and it was a shame because the pears were just falling off the tree because no one wanted them. I mentioned that I wished I had them. I don't know that neighbor very well however and didn't feel like I could just go ask him if I could have his pears. But like usual out here the message got sent on and he picked all the pears from the tree and brought them to our mutual friends house for me to pick them up there. There were about 25 lbs of hard pears!
The one thing my friend mentioned to me that these hard pears were good for was making pear relish. Pear relish is quite popular here in the South but, since I am not from here, I had never seen it or tasted it. As usual, I looked it up online and found several recipes...all of them different, so just kind of made up my own.
Hard pears off the tree in someone's yard do not look much like those nice ones you get in the stores. Here is one of my bags of pears (there were three of them and I still have two left).