Pears

Pears (Pyrus communis) are oval shaped fruits that are wide at the bottom and grow thinner towards their stem creating a pear shape. Pears have a thin outer skin that can be green, brown, or red, with a white inner flesh and small seeds in a center core.

Health Benefits of Pears

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How to choose Pears

Look for vibrantly colored pairs with few discolorations. You can buy pears when very firm and allow them to ripen, pears are generally ready to be eaten when they are slightly soft to mushy.

How to store Pears

If kept in a cool dry place (like a fridge) firm pears can last for months, when brought into warmth they can ripen in days. Pears will also ripen faster when placed next to bananas.

Climate and origin

Pears originated in Europe and Asia, the climate they need to grow in depends greatly on variety with some varieties being able to stand very cold climates (Zone 2 in the U.S.) and others doing better in warm temperate climates. (Zones 6-9 in the U.S.)

Taste

Pears have a fragrant taste and can be slightly-to-very sweet, depending on variety. Most pairs can be eaten when crisp or allowed to ripen till mushy.

Substitutes with more vitamins

Apples, Guavas

Miscellaneous information

The bark of the pear can be used to make a yellow dye and also contains the antibiotic arbutin.

Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Pears + Complete Nutrition Facts

Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Copper |

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Nutrition Facts
                              
Serving Size 100g
Calories
% Daily Value*
Total Fat g0%
    Saturated Fat g0%
Cholesterol mg0%
Sodium mg0%
Total Carbohydrate g0%
    Dietary Fiber g0%
    Sugar g~
Protein g~
Vitamin A0%Vitamin C0%
Calcium0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A IU0%
    Retinol equivalents μg~
    Retinol μg~
    Alpha-carotene μg~
    Beta-carotene μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin μg~
Vitamin C mg0%
Vitamin D IU (μg)0%
    D2 Ergocalciferol IU (μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol IU (μg)
Vitamin E mg0%
Vitamin K μg0%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 μg~
Vitamin B12 μg0%
Thiamin mg0%
Riboflavin mg0%
Niacin mg0%
Pantothenic acid mg0%
Vitamin B6 mg0%
Folate μg0%
    Folic Acid μg~
    Food Folate μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents μg~
Choline mg~
Lycopene μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium mg0%
Iron mg0%
Magnesium mg0%
Phosphorus mg0%
Sodium mg0%
Potassium mg0%
Zinc mg0%
Copper mg0%
Manganese mg0%
Selenium μg0%
Water g~
Ash g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio
Total Omega 3smg
18D3 Linolenicmg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoicmg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)mg
Total Omega 6smg
18D2mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoicmg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine mg0%
Isoleucine mg0%
Leucine mg0%
Lysine mg0%
Methionine mg0%
Phenylalanine mg0%
Threonine mg0%
Tryptophan mg0%
Valine mg0%
Stats
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
%
Percent Water Composition %
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) Food contains 0 carbs


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