Summer 2022
Congrats 2022 CAN-DO Challenge Winners!
Thanks to everyone who entered their creative recipe ideas for U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears, and cheers to the winners of our fifth CAN-DO Challenge!

1st Place:
Chicken Tinga with Chipotle Pear Sauce
Marie Parker, Nutrition Supervisor
Nextdoor Foundation

2nd Place:

Pear and Chicken Spring Rolls

Chef Maritza Rodriguez-Brown
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

3rd Place:

Breakfast Hash with Canned Pears

Tayler Silverduk, RDN
Nutrition Consultant

Recipes & Photos Coming Soon at

Meet Chef Garrett Berdan
Chef and Registered Dietitian, Institute of Child Nutrition

Q: What does the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition do?

A: Our goal is to help Child Nutrition professionals implement best practices to improve all culinary aspects of their operation. We provide tips and strategies for preparing healthy culinary-inspired school meals.
One of our new initiatives is called the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition. It was launched with the support of the USDA to assist in meeting the unique training, technical assistance, and professional development needs of school nutrition professionals. One of the areas we focus on is increasing the use of fruits and vegetables on menus, from breakfast to snacks.
Q: How should schools, and all foodservice operations, think about increasing the use of fruits and vegetables on menus?

A: Produce—fresh, canned, frozen or dried—adds interesting color, texture and flavor to recipes. We eat with our eyes first, and fruits and vegetables give dishes the vibrancy that we are seeing more and more on restaurant menus and in media, especially with the interest in plant-based menus.
The popularity of bowls, pizza, and flatbreads gives us a lot of room to increase the appetite appeal on school menus with fruits and vegetables. We can give these dishes a flavor punch by using different cooking techniques and layering herbs, spices, and sauces.
Recipe Hacks for Summer Meals

If you’ve got ripe and ready U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears in your pantry you are one step closer to a wholesome snack or meal.
  • Sprinkle diced pears with a chili-lime seasoning, such as tajin for a quick snack or side dish.

  • Grill pear halves and dice for a salad topper or fill with goat cheese and top with chopped, roasted poblano peppers.

  • Layer canned pears in a parfait, like our Pear and Greek Yogurt Parfait.
We're Ripe & Ready for Smoothie Day 2022!

Celebrate June 21st National Smoothie Day with our Creamy Pear Smoothie for breakfast, a snack or a not-too-sweet dessert! Canned Bartlett pears from the Pacific Northwest add body, subtle flavor and sweetness that complements other fruits and veggies used in smoothies.
We've Got Bowls!

What started as a health food trend has turned into a popular way to present an appetizing mix of colors, textures, and flavors. U.S. grown canned Bartlett pears add juicy texture and a touch of sweetness to the mix in bowls, like this Pear, Chicken, and Farro Salad.
Learn About Us

In 1954 Bartlett pear growers and processors in Oregon, Washington, and California created the Pacific Coast Canned Pear Service for the purpose of promoting market development for the consumption of canned Bartlett pears in the U.S.