Named after the French monk who bred the variety in the 15th century, the Abate Fetel is long and shaped similar to a banana. Known for its sweet, fruity flavor, the pear has a smooth tan finish over a yellow background with a white and aromatic flesh.
Bartlett pears come in brilliant shades of yellow and red. Their sweet and juicy core makes this variety superb for cooking or canning.
The Comice is the sweetest and juiciest pear variety. Its large size is often accented with shades of red and makes for an elegant dessert pear. At perfect ripeness, the Comice has a sweet, creamy texture.
Developed in New Zealand, Taylor's Gold has a cinnamon russet-colored skin similar to a Bosc, but its large size is reminiscent of a Comice. It has a creamy white flesh and is known for its exceptional juice and fragrance.
Available in both green and red, Anjou pears have a sweet flavor and are full of juice when they reach full ripeness.
Although this pear has a brown and often russetted appearance, the Bosc is a highly aromatic, wonderful and flavorful pear.
Although small in size, the Forelle is a sweet and juicy pear that turns bright yellow with crimson freckling when ripe.
The Kosui's tender and juicy flesh makes it one of the most delicious Asian pears. This pear keeps well, has a medium size, round shape and russetted yellow color.
A medium to large bumpy green pear, Packhams have a creamy-white flesh with a smooth texture and sweet and juicy taste. The Packham is best when eaten out of hand, but can also be baked or sauteed.
Pears are a delicious, dense food that have a history going back to Ancient Greece. The Greek poet, Homer, referred to the pear as a "gift of the gods," and the Romans loved the fruit so much that they developed more than 50 varieties. With time the pear was propagated throughout Europe and was brought with settlers to the United States and Mexico.
Pears are usually eaten raw as a snack, but they can also be added to salads or slow roasted to make a sweet dessert. Pears are a great addition to any diet because they can give you a great burst of energy and they're high in dietary fiber, potassium (30% more than an apple) and Vitamin C. They are also cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat-free.
Choose pears that are firm and fragrant with smooth, even skin. Remember that ripe pears will be slightly soft near the stem and will yield to gentle pressure.
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Serving Size 1 medium pear, Calories 98, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 26g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 16g
Store unripe pears on the countertop. Store ripe pears in the refrigerator.