29 Jan Pears: A Nutritious Fall and Winter Fruit – Part II
Pear season is late fall into winter season. As a fresh fruit, pears are often overlooked or saved for the special occasion tart or spot on the cheese platter. Pears have nutritious benefits that deserve to shine in the same manner as oranges and apples.
How to Eat Them
Check out these different ideals:
- Serve sliced pears on whole-grain toast with ricotta for breakfast
- Dip pear slices in almond butter
- Blend pears with kale for a smoothie
- Add pears to a green salad with walnuts and blue cheese
- Blend cooked carrots and pears with chicken stock for a creamy soup
Wonder why are most of the fresh pears you buy at the grocery store are so hard?
Pears do not ripen on the tree, and they need a bit of extra time after they are picked to fully ripen. You can tell if they are ripe by applying gentle pressure to the neck of the pear. Once a pear yields to pressure, it is ready to eat. To slow the ripening process, store them in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you need pears quickly for a recipe, do not forget about canned pears (in natural juices), which are always ripe and ready to go!