Fall Produce 101: Pears

How many of you love pears? As for me, I don’t think they get enough love. They’re always playing second fiddle to those little red fruits we call apples. However, pears have some great nutritional benefits too and here are just a few of them:

  • The skin of the pear contains about half of the pear’s dietary fiber, which helps keep you feeling fuller longer and is an important component of a healthy diet
  • Pears are a good source of conventional antioxidant and  anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as vitamin E and even omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytonutrients that are associated with a decrease in chronic diseases that begin with chronic inflammation and excessive oxidative stress, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Pears are one of the most easily digestible fruits. This is probably due to their low acidic levels as compared to other widely citrus fruits such as lemons and grapefruits.
  • Pears are also described as a “hypoallergenic” fruit, meaning individuals report having fewer allergy related reactions to them.

The benefits of the pear are just magnificent. Try cooking with them in these recipes here!

Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread from Two Peas and Their Pod

Easy Honey-Sweetened Pear Butter from Gimme Some Oven

Individual Pear and Apple Crisps from Cookie and Kate

Pear, Fig Jam, Cheddar, Arugula, Avocado and Prosciutto Panini from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

29 Delicious Ways to Eat More Pears by Buzzfeed

Tell us your favorite way to eat pears in the comments!


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