PrePEAR for National Pear Month

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

pearsDid you know that Pears rank second to the apple as the most popular fruit eaten in the United States? They are also one of the world’s oldest fruits; pears were known to both the Greeks and the Romans!

 

We celebrate National Pear Month every December, to honor this amazing fruit.

 

Some Pear facts:

 

  • Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes and skin colors. Such as; green, gold, yellow and red!
  • There are many varieties of pears including, Anjoe, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Forelly and Seckel.
  • You can eat pears raw or cooked.
  • Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
  • Pears are a great source of potassium. A medium-sized pear has about 190 milligrams of potassium.
  • Pears have no saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol and are a good source of vitamin C.

 

How to Select the “Pear-fect” Pear:

 

  • Choose pears that are firm to the touch and free from bruises and blemishes.
  • Unripe pears should be stored in a paper bag at room temperature for 2-3 days or can be stored in a ventilated fruit bowl in a cool, dark place.
  • Ripe pears should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.

 

How to Prepare your Pears:

 

  • Eat whole or cut up for a snack.
  • Use sliced pears as salad toppings, or diced and add to your morning yogurt.
  • Bake, poach, sauté, roast, or grill them.
  • Bake them and make them into preserves, jams, and chutneys.
  • Add them to your next smoothie, sauce or stew.

 

Try these exclusive BRG Health Recipes:

 

Baked Pears with Toasted Almonds and Cranberries

 

Poached Pears in Cranberry Juice

 

Your turn to take action: How many different ways can you incorporate pears into your menus this month?

 

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