The Skinny on... Pears

Pears are luscious, juicy and sweet. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy these healthy treats.
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Pears may not have a memorable saying like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but in terms of nutrition, variety and sweet satisfaction, they’re a smart addition to your healthy lifestyle. Here’s a rundown of the most popular varieties, as well as tips for choosing, ripening, storing and enjoying this year-round treat.

All About Pears
  • Nutrition Facts: These buttery fruits are a great source of fiber — an average pear has about 6 grams — and a good source of Vitamin C.

  • Choosing: Pears’ primary season is in the fall, but they’re available year-round in many places. Unlike most fruits, pears ripen best off the tree — harvested too late, they become gritty and less flavorful. Choose pears that are bright-looking without scars or bruises, and test for ripeness by pressing gently near the stem end — ripe pears give slightly. Don’t wait until the pear is soft around the middle; by then it may be overripe (the brown, mushy inside will surely disappoint you).

  • Ripening and Storing: Store unripe pears in a bowl or paper bag at room temperature, and check daily. When the stem end feels ripe, either eat it or move it to the refrigerator for another 3 to 5 days; the cold will slow, but not stop, ripening.
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