Pick A Pear For A Perfect Snack

Now that winter has arrived, you may think that you will have to wait until spring to enjoy fresh fruit again but thankfully this is not the case. Pears, which are the second most popular fruit in the US (the apple is #1) are one of the many fruits that are in season during the winter months. There are many varieties of pears, some of the most common including Bosc, Bartlett and Anjou.

Pears make a perfect snack because in addition to being juicy and delicious, they are also nutrient rich. Pears are naturally fat-free and low in calories and provide an excellent source of fiber, with about 4 grams in a medium sized pear with the skin. Pears are also rich in potassium and provide a good source of vitamin C. 

When selecting pears, look for those with smooth unblemished skin and avoid those with bruises or cuts. Ripe pears will yield slightly to gentle pressure at the stem end. It you plan to use them in baking, select pears that are fairly firm. To store ripe pears, place them in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store unripe pears in a paper bag at room temperature for 2-3 days and place in the refrigerator as soon as they ripen.

Source: www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov

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