Lavender Poached Pears

Lavender Poached Pears


These lavender poached pears are a healthy and delicious treat to have with the family.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 cup honey or 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon agave syrup


  • 2 large firm but ripe pears, peeled, halved lengthwise and cored. 
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries or blueberries (sulfite free)

In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boil; add lavender; remove from heat; cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine sieve and discard lavender. Add honey or agave to the lavender poaching liquid and stir over medium heat until dissolved. Add pears and cherries; cover and simmer until pears are just tender, about 10-15 minutes; turn pears once during the cooking.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears and cherries into a bowl to cool. Boil the poaching liquid until reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 3-5 minutes. Pour the syrup over the cooled fruit. Chill until cold, about 3 hours or up to 24 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead; keep covered and refrigerated until serving.)

Divide fruit and syrup among 4 bowls and serve. Serves 4.



Sueson Vess is a professional chef, author/food writer and educator helping people eat healthier, especially those with food intolerances and others with chronic illnesses. She is passionate about nutrition and helping others achieve and maintain a “good for your health” lifestyle. There are always delicious, helpful and healthy solutions! Her focus is on “Foods with Benefits” – learning to increase delicious beneficial foods in your daily life. Sueson makes bone broth at Nature’s Own in North Carolina, and teaches cooking classes at FirstHeath and Duke Cancer Center. She is a regular contributing writer for Sandhills Naturally and Gluten-Free & More publications.