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Pears Poached in Hibiscus (Zobo), Lemongrass & Pink Peppercorns

Pears Poached in Hibiscus (Zobo), Lemongrass & Pink Peppercorns

I have to give my mother credit for this idea because I would never normally be doing anything with pears. I don’t really like them because they taste spineless and indecisive and they have a grainy texture that drives me nuts. But she came home one Sunday after church with a bag full of pears, dumped the bag on the kitchen counter and said, without looking at me, ‘these will be good for dessert today. I see them poached in zobo.’ Like a well raised African child, I knew I’d been given my orders. Challenge accepted, and this recipe was born.



7 pears, peeled

1 small handful of hibiscus, roselle, or zobo leaves

1 stick of ginger

1/2 vanilla pod

1 stick lemongrass

1 tsp pink peppercorns

3 cardamom pods, cracked open

1/4 cup of sugar

3 cups drinking water



-Place all the ingredients in a pot. I used my trusty Le Creuset for this because I wanted this to stew on low heat to preserve the delicate zobo/hibiscus flavour. Cast iron pots are excellent for low and slow stewing at an even temperature.
-Pour over the water and heat on a low flame until the pears have taken on a deep crimson blush, all the flavours have melded and the pears are soft and cooked through.
-Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream, or allow to cool and then store in a large jar in the fridge for later enjoyment.

Tip: This keeps for about 5 days in the fridge, and tastes divine when paired with natural or Greek yoghurt and granola at breakfst.



1 Comment

  1. Ajayi Olatomiwa
    October 30, 2019 / 07:52

    Would love to try this but noticed most of the ingredients used can not be found in Nigeria so how can I improvise

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