PEARS

This fruit—known to be
hypoallergenic—is
antibacterial, high in fiber,
and contains antioxidants to
help prevent cancer and
gastroenteritis.

Pear cultivation goes back over 3,000 years in western Asia, and,there has been some evidence of its discovery as far back as the Stone Age. Pears are closely related to apples and there are many varieties. It has been found that, compared to many other fruits, they are less likely to produce an adverse or allergic response from eating them, and this makes them particularly useful as a first fruit for young children. They contain a range of useful nutrients and a good amount of fiber, which helps maintain a healthy
colon.

  • Safe fruit for most children and for people who suffer from food allergies.
  • A good source of a range of nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium.
  • Contain hydroxycinnamic acids, antioxidants that are anticancer and antibacterialand may help prevent gastroenteritis.

Practical tips:

Pears don’t ripen well on the tree, so bought pears tend to be under-ripe. Place them in
a cool to moderately warm room and once ripe they should be eaten within a day—
they tend to spoil quickly. Pears can also brown easily—to prevent this, sprinkle the cut
sides with lemon juice. Although an ideal snack or lunch box fruit, pears are very
versatile and can be baked, sautéed, or poached, used in mixed fruit compotes,
crumbles, and pies.

DID YOU KNOW?

Much of the fiber in pears is contained in the skin, so it is best to simply wash the fruit
and not peel it.

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