Learn how to pickle pears in just five steps. Sweet and tangy, pickled pears are a fun surprise on any cheese platter, sandwich or salad. Simple to make with a few ingredients and about 5 minutes of hands on time, these fun pickles are a fantastic fall treat.

Thinly sliced Royal Riviera® Pears are placed in a jar and covered with a brine that’s perfumed with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Apple cider vinegar gives the pears the perfect tang with a hint of sweetness.

Pickled pears are a great addition to your holiday cheese plate and pair perfectly with cheddar cheese. They also melt into a grilled cheese sandwich like magic and take a salad from boring to amazing in seconds. Layer them on a sliced baguette and top with candied walnuts for an appetizer that’s ready in seconds!

How to Pickle Pears

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  • 4 pears (peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 ¼ cups apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice


  • Divide the pears among two 8 ounce canning jars. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to a boil of medium-high heat.
  • Turn the heat to low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Discard the cinnamon stick.
  • Carefully, divide the vinegar mixture between the two jars.
  • Place the lid on the jars and refrigerate for 1 hour.


Pickled pears will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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  1. I have yet to try pickled pears. I have seen a few articles online with recipes on how to pickle different types of fruit – pineapple, berries, mango, but this is the first one I’ve seen on pears, so kudos! This looks like a great recipe – I don’t usually eat pears a lot at home, but I loved pickled foods, so this seems like it could be right down my alley!

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