San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County, S.C., and the School District of New Berlin, Wis., were named School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season, according to a news release.
The districts, which combined serve more than 148,000 students, feature pears frequently on menus in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar. They also use the fruit in new ways.
The Pickens County district, for example, serves “pear bow ties” — two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry. The dish also plays off the principal, who wears a bow tie every day.
This is the second year that the Portland, Ore.-based USA Pears has recognized school districts that take creative approaches to serving pears.