OUR FRUITS ARE OUR HEART & SOUL
OUR WHOLESOME TO THE CORE MISSION STARTS WITH GROWING HEALTHY FRUITS ROOTED IN GREAT QUALITY
Pears have been grown throughout the world for centuries, and unlike apples, not much has changed over the years. They come in varying shapes and sizes, colors, and a range of sweetness, meaning there’s a pear for every preference! Some of the finest pears in the world are grown in Washington’s Cashmere Valley under our Blue Star pear growers label.
APPLE NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Pears are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C for just 100 calories per medium-sized pear. Pear nutritional benefits also include sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free.
Pears are one of the leading fruit sources of fiber and provide about 24% of the daily recommended value. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, may reduce the risk for heart disease, a disease associated with many factors. Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may also reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.The skin of the pear contains the majority of the fiber found in a pear, so be sure to enjoy the skin for added flavor, texture, and nutrients!
Each medium sized pear contains approximately 10% of your daily need for vitamin C. Aside from preventing oxidative damage, vitamin C is essential for normal growth and repair. It is needed for normal metabolism and tissue repair, proper immune functioning and guarding against infectious diseases, and vitamin C promotes healing of cuts, wounds, and bruises.
When shopping for pears, select clean pears with uninjured skin. Pears with no cuts and with the stem intact will keep longer. Surface russeting (the brownish areas on the skin) is generally caused by weather and does not affect the quality or flavor.
- Pears should be firm, or fairly firm, but not hard.
- Avoid wilted, shriveled, moldy or discolored pears.
- Check for good color for the variety you are selecting.
- Pears are picked when fully mature, but firm. A ripe pear will yield slightly to gentle pressure at the base of the stem. Remember to “Check the Neck!”
- Unlike many other fruits, pears can ripen after they are picked.
- To ripen, leave pears at room temperature in a paper bag until the flesh near the stem responds readily to gentle pressure. Once ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process until use.