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Pears Healthy Food Guide

Peak season: Lucky for us, each variety of pear has its own season, so you can find fresh pears nearly year-round.

Recipe shown above: Riesling Baked Pears

 

There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is something so sensuous about biting into a pear in its prime: first, the sweet juiciness; then the mild, but distinctive, sensation of texture. Enjoying the perfect pear requires patience; pears are one of the few fruits that don’t benefit from ripening on the tree. In fact, pears left unpicked tend to rot from the inside out. So pickers in prime pear-producing states are trained to identify when a fruit’s sugars are at their peak and time the harvest so that the fruits reach the market (or arrive by mail-order from companies) just as they achieve the perfect balance of sweetness and texture.

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Some of my family loves pears. 3 of us 5. My wife and one of my daughters don't like the texture, they also won't beans...

Once you learn how to get a properly ripened pear, you are a fan. Check with your local retailers and find out which ones might be receiving pre-conditioned pears. These pears ripen much quicker as the process has already been started. The produce manager can help you identify the proper pear as well.

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10/16/2009 - 10:23am

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