It’s Time to Bake Scrumptious Apple & Pear Pies

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert
4 min readOct 30, 2023
Verifed organic apples and pears. Photo by Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

I’ve been baking since I was a teenager. I love to bake cakes for the holidays, birthday cakes, breads, bagels, babka, bread pudding, brownies, pies, and more.

My favorite season of the year is summer, but I love autumn because it’s pie baking season. This time of the year I enjoy baking apple pies and making homemade pie crust. The aroma of the pies and spices wafting in the kitchen and throughout the house is intoxicating.

Unfortunately, in the US conventional apples and pears are heavily sprayed with diphenylamine, a pesticide used to prevent black and brown patches from forming on the fruit.

However, I cannot have preservatives, additives, food coloring, steroids, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and insecticides because they injure my esophagus, and are the cause of my food impaction episodes and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).

It’s been thirteen months since I created my own diet and eliminated these harmful chemicals, and healed my EoE. My eosinophil count went from 100 to “up to zero.” To maintain my healthy esophagus, my husband Jon and I make our own food. I do all the baking.

While I grow my own strawberries and some vegetables free of pesticides and insecticides, those that I can’t grow, like apples and pears, I purchase at verified organic farms. This autumn for the first time, I baked pies with the organic apples and pears we bought at an organic farm.

The first time we visited the farm, we picked sixty apples, a mix of Fuji, Roxbury Russet, Enterprise, Honey Crisp, Pound Sweet, Liberty, Sun Crisp, and Golden Russet apples. We also picked pears, a mix of Shenandoah, Potomac, Lincoln, and Korean Giant pears.

At home with my organic apples. Photo by Jon Gilbert

If pesticides and insecticides don’t harm your esophagus, you are very fortunate that you can buy supermarket apples and pears. Whether you eat…



Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

My debut memoir Come What May, I Want to Run: A Memoir of the Saving Grace of Ultrarunning in Overwhelming Times is published. Website: