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.)


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
Pears raw                     
Serving Size 100g
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.14g0%
    Saturated Fat 0.022g0%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 1mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 15.2g5%
    Dietary Fiber 3.1g12%
    Sugar 9.8g~
Protein 0.4g~
Vitamin A1%Vitamin C7%
*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 25IU1%
    Retinol equivalents 1μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 1μg~
    Beta-carotene 14μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 2μg~
Vitamin C 4.3mg7%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.12mg1%
Vitamin K 4.4μg6%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone 0μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.012mg1%
Riboflavin 0.026mg2%
Niacin 0.161mg1%
Pantothenic acid 0.049mg0%
Vitamin B6 0.029mg1%
Folate 7μg2%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 7μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 7μg~
Choline 5.1mg~
Lycopene 0μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 44μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.18mg1%
Magnesium 7mg2%
Phosphorus 12mg1%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 116mg3%
Zinc 0.1mg1%
Copper 0.082mg4%
Manganese 0.048mg2%
Selenium 0.1μg0%
Water 83.96g~
Ash 0.32g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio0.01
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio93
Total Omega 3s1mg
18D3 Linolenic1mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s93mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine 2mg0%
Isoleucine 11mg1%
Leucine 19mg1%
Lysine 17mg1%
Methionine 2mg0%
Phenylalanine 11mg1%
Threonine 11mg1%
Tryptophan 2mg1%
Valine 17mg1%
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
Percent Water Composition 84%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.03

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