Why we love them: As one of the highest fiber fruits available, pears contain important vitamins like C, K, B2, B3, and B6. Not only is the pear a hypoallergenic fruit, but its skin also contains quercetin, an antioxidant that helps reduce blood pressure.
How to choose them: To find a good pear, gently apply pressure to the top to see if it gives. The harder the fruit, the less ripe it is. Avoid any pears with large dark or mushy spots, as they are overripe.
How to store them: Store pears at room temperature to help them ripen. If they are underripe, you can place the pears in a paper bag to trap ethylene, the ripening hormones. They can also be refrigerated for up to five days in a food storage bag for preservation.
Delicious ways to use them: Move over apples, it’s time for a change in flavor. You can use pears in just about any recipe you would make with an apple. Whether they’re grilled, paired with your favorite soup, or used for a delicious dessert cobbler, pears are versatile and oh, so yummy!