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PARTNERSHIPS KEY IN NATIONAL PEAR MONTH CELEBRATION

PORTLAND, Ore. – December 6, 2016 – Each year in December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaims National Pear Month, a chance to celebrate the bounty of the Northwest. This month marks the time when all ten varieties of pears grown in the USA are at their peak freshness and availability, making pears an irresistible choice for holiday treats, as well as general munching.

This year, USA Pears has partnered with other delicious foods to celebrate the many uses for pears and grow our network of pear enthusiasts. “Most consumers prefer to eat their pears fresh and whole, which is great,” says Kathy Stephenson, director of marketing and communications for USA Pears. “But pears are so versatile. They’re excellent roasted with a little olive oil, compliment rich meats and cheeses and blend into hearty soups. So we invited some friends to showcase all the different ways they enjoy pears during National Pear Month.”

Throughout the month of December, partners will share recipes from USAPears.org on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest social media sites. USA Pears will share pear recipes from their partner sites on the same channels. “Hopefully, we inspire consumers and encourage them to try their own pairings,” says Stephenson.

Pear Up for National Pear Month partners include: Tajin, Tillamook Dairy, Oregon Food Bank, JEM Nut Butters, Pacific Northwest Canned Pears, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, The National Honey Board, Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, US Cranberries, The National Peanut Board, Harry & David, US Apple Association, Litehouse, Clear Creek Distillery, Produce for Better Health and more.

Juicy pear recipes include: Tatin, croustades, quesadillas, pies, poaching, cocktails, mocktails and other fun preparations!

To follow all the fun and ins-pear-ation or to join in by sharing  your favorite pairings, follow @USAPears on social media and use the hashtags #PearUp #NationalPearMonth and #PerfectPearings.

About Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears

The Pear Bureau Northwest was established in 1931 as a nonprofit marketing organization to promote the fresh pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Today, the United States is the third largest pear-producing country in the world, and Oregon and Washington comprise the nation’s largest pear growing region with nearly 1,600 growers producing 84% of all fresh pears grown in the United States. Pears grown in these two Pacific Northwest states are distributed under the “USA Pears” brand.  Visit www.usapears.org for more pear facts and recipes, and follow USA Pears on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usapears and Twitter @USApears.

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