Pears are a refreshing fruit that can add flavor to any meal. Pears can be canned, grilled, candied, used in pies, tarts, preserves, salads and more. Enjoy these sweet facts about pears:
- Rich volcanic soils and cool nights make the Northwest of the United States the ideal place to grow pears.
- Washington is the top pear producing stated, followed by California, Oregon, New York and Pennsylvania.
- Pears have been cultivated for thousands of years. They were even referred to in Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a “gift of gods.”
- There are over 3,000 pear varieties grown throughout the world. These varieties include Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle, Seckle and Starkrimson. Each variety has its own unique flavor, smell and texture.
- Pears are an excellent source of fiber, which helps with digestion. A medium size pear contains 6 grams of fiber, or 24 percent of your daily value. Most of the fiber is located in the skin of the fruit.
- Pears contain phytonutrients like antioxidants. These can help prevent stroke, heart disease, and various forms of cancer.
- Pears also contain 7 grams of vitamin C, or 10 percent of your daily value.