10 things to know about pears

10 things to know about pears
10 things to know about pears
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Known to everyone and present on supermarket shelves all year round, the pear is not surprising with its many varieties, multiple culinary uses and delicious flavors.

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An array of flavors. Pears, there is something for everyone. Small, medium and large. Greens, reds, yellows and browns. So, to take full advantage of it, bet on diversity. Try a new variety every week!

The pear is one of the fruits richest in dietary fibre. Each medium fruit contains 5 g of fibre, provided it is eaten with the peel. Fiber is essential to ensure good bowel regularity, in addition to contributing to the feeling of satiety and helping to prevent certain types of cancers as well as cardiovascular diseases.

The pear does not ripen well in its tree. This is why it is not picked at full maturity. So, when the pears bought at the supermarket are too firm, place them in a bowl or a paper bag at room temperature. Depending on their degree of firmness, they will take from 1 to 10 days to reach their optimum tenderness. If you won't eat them the same day, put them in the fridge to slow downtheir ripening. However, remember to take them out 30 minutes before eating them so that they enhance all their taste qualities.

To each their speci alties. All pears are good to eat! However, they do not offer the same cooking results. For example, the yellow Bartlett is ideal for making jams, pies and muffins/breads. La Bosc is excellent for baking (e.g. muffins, pies), poaching and for microwave recipes.

The pear is made up of 84% water. Full of water, rich in fiber and containing only 100 calories per medium fruit, the pear is definitely an excellent snack.

Color is not a good indicator of ripeness. You can't rely on the color of a pear to tell if it's ripe, since some varieties change color as they ripen while others don't. Do the finger test instead! To do this, lightly press the base of the peduncle with your thumb. As the pears ripen, their "neck" becomes increasingly tender. If the flesh yields slightly to the touch, the pear is ripe.

The pear oxidizes quickly. Once cut, sprinkle it with lemon or lime juice to prevent it from browning. Handy for salads and the kids' lunch box.

The pear is super versatile. It is eaten both raw and cooked, with sweet and savory flavors. It is delicious added to a morning smoothie, cubed in a bowl of cereal or a salad,incorporated into recipes for muffins, cakes, crisps, soups, sandwiches, etc. My favourite: a goat cheese (or blue!) and arugula pizza with pieces of crispy prosciutto and pear. For culinary inspirations, visit the “recipes” section of the jaimelesfruitsetvegetables.ca website.

The pear is a source of copper. Less known than other minerals, copper is necessary for the formation of red blood cells and collagen (protein present in the skin and bones), in addition to contributing to the maintenance of immune defenses and fertility.

The new pear crush guide is here! Produced in partnership with the Pear Bureau Northwest, you can download it here. On the menu: nutritional values, tips and tricks, conservation and recipes.

By Julie DesGroseilliers, Dt. P. Nutritionist and spokesperson for the I like 5 to 10 a day campaign

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