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by Fiona Breslin on October 11, 2015

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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 used in Chinese medicine to help cool the body, pears are a good fruit to eat during cancer treatment. Both chemo and radiation can create excess heat in the body; pears can help to soothe your system.

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.



Ann’s Tips

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.

Recipe Tips

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.

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