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Unlike most fruit, pears are better when picked hard and unripe. They improve in both texture and flavor after they are picked. Pears ripen from the inside out.
SELECTING - Sweet, succulent pears are perhaps the most glorious of fall fruits. Selecting them can be easy if you consider the following: avoid pears with bruises or cuts and dark brown colors; purchase pears while slightly green because they ripen better and faster off the tree; look for pears with a smooth unblemished skin; ripe ones will yield slightly to gentle pressure at the stem end. If you plan to bake pears, select those that are fairly firm.
STORING - If pears are unripe, place them in a paper bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or store them in a ventilated fruit bowl in a cool, dark place, and refrigerate as soon as they ripen. Ripe pears should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag up to 3 days. They continue to ripen after harvest.
WASH AND EAT - There's no need to peel a pear... their tender, edible skin is an additional source of fiber. A medium sized pear provides 4 grams of fiber, or 16% of the recommended daily value. Always wash all fresh fruits and vegetables before serving.
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- Try using pear slices on your next grilled chicken sandwich. Use pears where you would use apples
- When roasting vegetables, add pear slices to the vegetable mix.
- Toss chopped pears into a chicken, tuna, green, fruit or cottage cheese salad.
- Sliced thin wedges served with chunks of cheese, smoked turkey and seedless grapes on a skewer make a healthy appetizer or side dish.
- Use pear slices dipped in lemon as a garnish to jazz up foods.
- Use baked or broiled pears with a sauce as a light tasty dessert.
- Take a pear for lunch, either fresh, dried or in a flip top can. Snack with pears during the day.
- Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.
Pears are a good source of Vitamin C and copper, and an excellent source of chromium and dietary fiber.
Serving size 1 pear with skin (200g)
Amount Per Serving & % Daily Value*
• Calories 120
• Fat Cal 0
• Total Fat 1g 2%
• Saturated Fat 0g 0%
• Cholesterol 0mg 0%
• Sodium 0mg 0%
• Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
• Dietary Fiber 5g 21%
• Protein 1g 2%
• Chromium 30%
• Copper 11%
• Vitamin A 1%
• Vitamin C 13%
• Calcium 2%
• Iron 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.