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