Dried pears are halved, seeded, flattened, and dried fruits that retain the distinctive profile and flavor of the ripe fresh fruit. They are eaten out of hand or used as an ingredient in sweet and savory dishes and in baking. Tightly wrapped dried pears last for months in the refrigerator or freezer.
To chop dried pears:
Slice with a chef's knife. Gather the slices and cut across into pieces. Or, snip with kitchen scissors. If the knife or blades become sticky, dip frequently in hot water, coat lightly with vegetable oil cooking spray, or wipe with oil.For other varieties of dried fruit, see currants, dried apples, dried apricots, dried blueberries, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried figs, dried mangoes, dried peaches, prunes, and raisins.