Pear Relish from Elise B. Bennett, of Smoaks:

1 peck pears

6 red bell peppers

6 green bell peppers

5 or 6 medium onions

1 Tbsp salt

2 lbs sugar

2 Tbsp tumeric

4 cups white vinegar

2 Tbsp whole pickling spice, tied in a cheesecloth bag


Cut bad spots out of pears but do not peel.  Cut into pieces.  Grind pears, peppers, and onion.  Mix with remaining ingredients in a stockpot.  Boil stirring occasionally for 25 – 30 minutes.  Remove spice cloth.  Put in clean jars and seal. 


Of course, we had to tweak it to use what we have fresh in the garden right now so here is my ingredient list:


½ peck pears

3 jalapeño peppers, seeded

8 sweet banana peppers

3 green bell peppers

3 sweet onions

½ Tbsp salt

2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp Tumeric

2 cups cider vinegar

1 Tbsp pickling spices


I will probably use red onions and an extra jalapeño next time just to make things interesting.


Here are a couple other recipes you might try as well.


Tennessee Pear Relish – Jane Williams of Charleston

16 pears

4 large onions

1 whole bunch celery, including leaves

4 bell peppers

1 tsp celery seed

1 – 2 tsp salt

3 cups sugar

2 cups vinegar


Grind first five ingredients.  Mix well, sprinkle with salt, let drain 2 hours.  Boil sugar and vinegar.  Add pear mix and return to boiling, continue to boil 5 min.  Pour into sterilized jars.


Nell Harvey’s Pear Relish

4 qts pears

3 red bell peppers

3 green bell peppers

6 onions

3 cups sugar

5 cups white vinegar

Salt to taste


Follow same directions as Tennessee Relish