I discovered a wild pear tree on my farm this week loaded with fruit. I know pears are a great fruit for people with diabetes because they are full of fiber which slows down the rise in blood glucose after they are eaten. What I didn’t know was what I would do with this bucket full of pears I just picked!

The next day the fall issue of Diabetic Living magazine http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/ was in my mailbox with a great article on pears. I searched past issues of the magazine too and came across this recipe for Ginger Pear Muffins. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/ginger-pear-muffins Since the recipe calls for toasted walnuts, I recommend trying walnut oil as the vegetable oil to add more flavor. In addition, I swapped out the ginger powder for 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger for more pronounced ginger flavor with some zing to it.

No time or desire to bake? No problem. Pears are delicious to eat as is. Most pears are not ready to eat the day you buy them. Let them sit out at room temperature for a few days until the neck of the pear yields to gentle pressure. Then have a napkin ready to wipe the juice off your chin as you enjoy them.I keep the muffins frozen and take one to work for an afternoon snack with my coffee. Freezing the muffins right away, and knowing I will enjoy one every day at work, helps keep me from eating all of them hot out of the oven.