The Pear is a tender juicy fruit family to the apple. Pears are wider and round at the bottom, getting smaller towards the top.
Depending on the variety, Pears can be green, brown, yellow, red or a combination of these colors. Their flavor is lightly sweet and fresh and their texture is soft and slightly grainy.
Pears are high in dietary fiber, vitamin C and K, and copper. They are great as a snack, or in desserts and salads.
More pears come from the Wenatchee & Yakima valleys in Washington State than anywhere else in the United States.
A pear has a tear drop shape. Soft to touch when ripe. Their sizes vary but a good pear is about 3-4 inches in diameter. Pears that are not ripe are very hard to touch and pears that are bad have brown spots.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Use this dish as a snack or in a dessert recipe or even to marinade meat.
Conserving and Storing
Can be stored for a week in a refrigerator until until brown spots appear. Can also be frozen and saved for later use.