Perfect Pear

December 18, 2014

One of the fall fruits you should be taking advantage of right now are pears!

 

                                                             

Pears have:

 

  • Fiber- helps keep your digestive tract healthy and helps control blood sugar

  • Vitamin C-  an antioxidant and helps support your immune system

  • Vitamin K- supports blood clotting, healing and bone health

  • Copper- helps with a number of body functions, including maintaining and repairing connective tissues and is also important for heart health

 

{Fun Pear Facts}

  • Pears mostly come from China, Italy and the US

  • Once pears ripen, they expire fast. That’s why they are usually unripe at the grocery store and take a few days to ripen at room temperature. Like most fruits and vegetables, if they are ripe and you aren’t going to use them immediately, you can put them in the fridge to keep them fresh longer.

 

 

I made the Arugula Salad with Pears and Gorgonzola from The Food Network with some pizza last week and it was SO GOOD it made me forgot about my pizza! Mixed greens (baby red chard, baby tat soi, baby spinach, baby green Swiss chard, baby arugula) were substituted  for the arugula because I wasn't able to find arugula by itself at the store. The recipe also called for canned pears and juice from the canned pears as part of the dressing. I substituted fresh pears for canned and used the juice from one (very ripe) pear for part of the dressing.

 

                                                               

 

Check out the recipe out here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/arugula-salad-with-pears-and-gorgonzola-recipe.html

 

Kayla Michel MS, RD/LD

Duncan Regional Hospital

 

 

References:

 

Fresh Pear on Tree, Close up Photo. 2006.  

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