Pears

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: La Grande Farmers' Market

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: See-ming Lee

Foods Included

Bosc, Anjou, Bartlett, Asian, Cactus Pear

Description

Pears are sweet and juicy fruits with mild flavor. When ripe, a pear feels soft and a little grainy on your tongue. Asian pears are more crunchy, like a mix between an apple and a pear. They are also very juicy and sweet.

Buy It

  • Check the pear next to the stem. If it feels soft, then it's ripe and ready to eat.
  • Choose pears that are firm with no bruises.
  • Brown speckling is normal on many pears.

Store It

  • Store at room temperature for 3-5 days to ripen pears, or keep in the refrigerator if already ripe and use within 5-7 days.​

Cook It

  • Eat whole or cut into pieces after removing stem, core, and seeds.​
  • Bake pears in oven and add cinnamon for a sweet dessert.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  • Pears are one of the most easily digested fruits.

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