'Tis the season to be foody

In celebration of the Festive Season, over the next 12 days we will be publishing a series of food facts across our website and social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and share these facts with your colleagues. 

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1 Partridge in a Pear Tree

Pears, sacred to some Greek and Roman goddesses, are a symbol of immortality in China. They are unrelated to prickly pears which are cactus fruit covered in sharp glochid (bristles) and used to make juice and jam. Perry is a type of cider made from specific varieties of hard, fibrous pears that typically contain high levels of tannins, which impart a degree of astringency and bitterness to the product, and naturally occurring citric acid, giving sharp, acidic flavours. Some types of perry are legally protected by the EU food name scheme which highlights regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. Peeled pears can be slow poached in perry, red wine, Earl Grey tea or port, with sugar, spices (such as cinnamon, cloves), and vanilla or lemon zest, for a warming dessert.