Sweet September Pears
By Fiona Breslin
September is this yummy fruit’s harvesting season, when pears are picked or fall to the ground to ripen, but they are good through autumn and some varieties even through winter. Historically were recommended in Chinese medicine as they were thought to help cool the body. While that may not have been proven by science, we still enjoy eating pears due to their nutritional benefits and delicious taste.
While naturally sweet, pears are low in calories and on sugar’s glycemic index. They contain healthy nutrients such as vitamin K, potassium, copper, and manganese. Pears also provide antioxidant vitamin C and 22% of the daily recommended fiber, making them a quick, delicious and easy way to aid in healthy digestion.
Reward yourself this fall with flavor and nutrition by purchasing pears fresh from your local grocer or greenmarket. Popular varieties of the fruit include Bartlett pears, recognized for their distinct bell-shape, Bosc, and Anjou.
Remember, pears don’t ripen on the tree, but ripen quickly once picked, so purchase firm pears, checked by gently squeezing the fruit’s neck. Let pears sit on your kitchen counter until ready to eat or store in your fridge. Pears last in the fridge up to three weeks.
Pears are delicious juiced, raw as a snack, or chopped in a salad. Simple baking and poaching are great ways to cook pears, especially for those on chemo. Check out our recipe for Ginger-Scented Poached Pears — it’s delicious and easy. Or try our Pear and Ginger Upside-Down Cake.