Steamed Pear with Ginger & Honey

This is one of my favorite food (and fruit) therapy dishes to make in the fall and winter. Living in California with wildfires and Santa Ana winds, this dish is perfect to help with dry throat, dry cough, allergies and asthma. Additionally, in Chinese medicine, pears are great for moistening the lungs and supporting lung health. Plus, the ginger and honey are both immune-boosting and anti-viral; making this recipe ideal for cold and flu season as well.


2 medium-sized pears

4 TBS honey

6 fresh ginger slices 

1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional

Serves 2


  1. Cut the top third of each pear and reserve.  Cut out the core of the bottom part of the pear, making a hole but leaving the bottom and outside intact. For the top part of the pear, cut a small hole in the center to remove the stem and to provide an opening for the steam; set aside for later. 

  2. Place the pear bottoms in a large pot that can accommodate both pears. Add water to the pot; enough to cover between 1/2 to 2/3 of the pear bottoms.

  3. Place 2 tablespoons of honey and 3 slices of ginger into each hollowed pear. (OPTIONAL: add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon for more warming flavors.)  Now replace the top on each pear, restoring its original shape.

  4. Cover pot and over medium-high heat bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low; making sure liquid does not completely evaporate from the pot. Cook until a fork can easily pierce the flesh of the pear.

  5. Serve the pears warm, including any remaining liquid in the pot, in a bowl. Enjoy the pear and drink the liquid as a tea.  

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