Great Health Tip of the Day: National Pear Month

December 10, 2012

December is National Pear Month! Pears are in season during the winter months and offer a delicious change from the standard choice of apples and oranges. Pears pack a lot of nutrition in one piece of fruit—one medium pear contains:

  • Only 100 calories
  • 6 grams of fiber!
  • 10% of the daily requirement for vitamin C
  • No fat, sodium, or cholesterol

Confused by the variety of pears? Use this guide to help you choose the perfect pear:

Green Anjou: All-purpose pear whose dense flesh makes it excellent for snacking, cooking, and slicing fresh into salads or over a bowl of oatmeal. Its skin color remains green as it ripens, so check the neck for ripeness!
Red Anjou:
Sweet and succulent when ripe. Adds a burst of color to salads, desserts, and entrees.
Bartlett: Its creamy, sweet and aromatic flesh is perfect for eating fresh, as well as for canning or adding to salads or desserts. Skin turns from bright green to yellow as it ripens.
Bosc: Has dense, fragrant, honey-sweet flesh with a smooth texture that holds its shape well when heated. It is an excellent choice for eating fresh as well as for cooking.
Comice: Has a custardy flesh and a mellow sweetness that makes it an elegant dessert pear which is also delicious when paired with cheese.

*Info and photo from USA Pears (http://www.usapears.org/)