Photo credits (left to right): Photo credits (top to bottom): Flickr: La Grande Farmers' Market; Flickr: See-ming Lee
Bosc, Anjou, Bartlett, Asian, Cactus Pear
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.
- 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 at room temperature for 3-5 days to ripen pears, or keep in the refrigerator if already ripe and use within 5-7 days.
- 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.
Baked Pears with Maple Yogurt & Granola Pear, Grape, and Cucumber Salad