Blue Ribbon Pistachio Pear Preserves

Approximately 6 cups.

8 - 10 Firm-ripe pears
5 - 8 Limes
1 Lemon
5 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Chopped candied ginger
1/2 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios


Pare and thinly slice pears to equal 2 quarts. Remove peel from limes including pith. Then sliver peel to equal 3/4 cup. Remove seeds from lime pulp and finely chop to equal 1-1/2 cups. Quarter lemon, remove seeds and thinly slice.
Combine pear, lime, lemon, sugar and ginger in large kettle, mix well. Heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves then bring to rapid boil for 20 minutes. Stir continually to avoid sticking. Syrup should register 220˚F. on candy thermometer. Stir in pistachios and ladle into hot, sterilized jars; fasten lids. Refrigerate. If desired, process preserves in boiling water bath for 15 minutes then check that all lids seal.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!