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Get the Scoop on Pears

Updated on September 11, 2011

Looking for a nutrient-dense food that is sweet, delicious and juicy, all at the same time? Pears fit the bill. They are a versatile fruit that can form part of a healthy lifestyle. Let's take a closer look at some of the benefits pears provide.

According to dietary guidelines, you should strive to choose fruits that are rich in fibre. An average pear contains 24% of the daily recommended intake of fibre.

Pears contain no fat and are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps bones and tissues to remain strong. It is said that pears could help in the prevention of some cancers, as well as heart disease. Adding lots of pears to your diet also aids in the prevention of diabetes.

Here are a few tips to keep your pears fresh. Never freeze fresh pears. Place them in a paper bag and close the top of the bag. This hurries the ripening process. When pears are riper, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Search and it won't take long to discover that there are a great number of recipes that utilize pears or ones in which you can substitute apples with pears. Pear crumble makes a welcome addition to anyone's table. Chop them and partner them up with other fruits to make a wonderful fruit compote. A few slices of cheese together with a few slices of pears make a tasty nourishing snack. Of course, never forget that pears are great eaten just as they are. Getting hungry? Kind of makes you want to go out and get some pears today.


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