Nourishing Food

Poached Pears –
Simple, Nourishing, Satiating

Nourishment can be a factor in shifting the body to a relaxed state. Choosing warm rather than cold fruit can enhance digestion, feelings of satiation and contentment and contribute to restoring a stable internal environment for optimal functioning.  

Poached Pears Recipe
(We served this regularly for breakfast at The Yoga Lodge.)
Serves 4.


  • 4 firm, ripe pears
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • ghee


Peel and halve pears. Core and place the pears cut-side-up in a shallow baking dish. I like to use one that has a glass cover, but that’s not essential. 

Mix together maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon rind, water, cinnamon, cardamom, and pour over the pears, adding more liquid if necessary. 

Place a dollop of ghee in the hollow of each pear and sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon and cardamom. Cover (with glass or foil) and bake in a 325 degrees oven for about 1 hour or until soft.