Cranberry Pear Relish Recipe

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Tart and tempting, this relish is a traditional part of Kathie Theis' holiday menu. "It's pleasant with both poultry and pork," she notes from Monticello, Minnesota. "My husband, children and grandkids like the pairing of fall fruits and the hint of ginger and cinnamon. It tastes just like autumn."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 medium navel orange
  • 4 medium pears, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1/4 cup) equals 95 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1/2 starch


  1. Squeeze juice from the orange; add enough water to measure 1/2 cup. Pour into a saucepan; add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until the cranberries pop and mixture is thickened. Cool. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Cranberry Pear Relish in Light & Tasty October/November 2002, p46

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Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"This is a great recipe. I had to substitute dry ginger spice but it still turned out great. I plan on making it every year."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"This is one of my traditional items I make for any holiday..I love it because it can be made ahead, it lasts over a week in the refrigerator. It is also great on oatmeal, in yogurt, or with a granola type cereal!!"

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