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Poached Pears and Spices

  • Poached Pears


    • 3/4 cups water
    • 1/4 cup dry red wine
    • 1 stick (3 inches) cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 3 thin slices of lemon
    • 4 ripe pears, halved lengthwise, peeled and cored


    1. In a saucepan, combine water, wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, honey, and lemon.
    2. Heat over medium low heat until mixture begins to boil.
    3. Add pears and cook, covered, over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the pears are tender.
    4. Cool and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill thoroughly.


    4 servings (1 pear)


    Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center

  • Nutrition Tip

    Cinnamon contains phytonutrients, active compounds naturally found in plants. Traditionally, cinnamon has been helpful in treating gastrointestinal problems, especially diarrhea and nausea. This spice is an excellent source of nutrients such as manganese, calcium, iron, and disease-fighting antioxidants.

    Pure honey, especially local varieties, can be a healthy and less-refined alternative to added sugars. Naturally sweet, honey contains small amounts of vitamins, zinc and selenium. While honey can certainly be healthy to include in recipes, amounts still matter.

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