The apple might be more popular, but a nice ripe pear is the best! Did you know it’s a hypoallergenic fruit? It’s also easy on your digestion and consists of a large range of nutrients? Read this week’s Product Highlight: Pear for some cool facts and info!
- Pears are a member of the rose family of plants (Rosaceae), which beside roses, counts apples, apricots, peaches, strawberries and almonds as its cousins. The most common variety is the European Pear (Pyrus communis)
- Due to the high content of vitamin C and K, pears can improve functioning of the immune system. The high content of dietary fibers benefits digestion
- If you feel a cold coming of sniffing away already, drinking pear juice can help build your immune system due to anti-oxidants. Have the cloudy juice (containing fruit pulp), since unfiltered juice contains more nutrients. It also prevents throat problems
- Summer is the season of pears and for a reason! Pear juice helps cool the body down when it’s hot out!
- The high pectin content in pears, makes them very effective in helping to lower cholesterol levels. The anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen glutathione also helps prevent high blood pressure
Tip: Finding the perfect pear? Don’t squeeze the whole fruit, but gently press the top of the pear, near the stem. A ripe pear gives in to the pressure, but if the flesh is too soft, it means the fruit is overripe
Tip: Wash thoroughly, but eat the peel too! Its skin provides about half of the pear’s total dietary fiber and contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients