Description: Pears are, well pear shaped, and come in a variety of colors ranging from Food - pearsgreen to yellow to red.

Availability: Fresh – Summer – Canned year round

Facts: Pears are one of the world’s oldest cultivated and beloved fruits. Thanks to their versatility and long storage life, pears were a valuable and much-desired commodity among the trading routes of the ancient world. Evident in the works of Renaissance Masters, pears have long been an elegant still-life muse for artists. And in popular culture, the pear tree was immortalized alongside a partridge in the 18th-century Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Serving Size = 1 CUP

Selection: Chose firm fruit, then “Check the Neck for Ripeness”™ daily by applying gentle pressure to the stem end of the pear with your thumb. When it yields to the pressure, it’s ready to eat.

Food - nutrition label pearStorage: Store unripened in paper bag at room temperature. Refrigerate ripe pears.

Nutrition Benefits: Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; excellent source of dietary fiber; good source of vitamin C.

Pigments: Carotene, Beta-Carotene,

Phytochemicals: Anthocyanidins, flavonols, flavones, proanthocyanidins, Ellagic acid, resveratrol

ORAC Score: 110

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