While we wait for our figs to ripen, we are busy harvesting apples and pears from our parents' trees. While we've been giving away as much as possible, that still leaves us with hundreds that we've been turning into sauces, butters, crumbles, and cakes. Experimenting with different recipes and ingredients to make them all as healthy as possible, we came up with this pear sauce recipe we'd like to share. Hope you enjoy!

Ginger Cardamom Pear Sauce

About 30-40 small pears, chopped (no need to peel)

Juice of 2 lemons

1 c water

1/2 t anise

About 2" fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1/2 t cardamom

1/2 t nutmeg

1 c honey

Add all ingredients except honey to a large pot, simmer for about an hour, until pears are soft. Remove from heat. Puree in a blender (or with an immersion blender). Allow to cool slightly before stirring in the honey. Store in mason jars in the refrigerator or give as gifts (this recipe filled about 5 jars). Just a few ideas for enjoying this sauce - on its own in a bowl, stirred into oatmeal, on pancakes, over ice cream...