Did you know?
Washington also grows nearly 48% of the US supply of pears on 24,000 acres, nearly half of them are Bartletts.
Each pear variety has a distinctive character, texture, and flavor. In Washington, we grow many varieties: red and green anjou, red and green bartlett, bosc, comice, concord, seckle, and starkrimson.
Pears are one of the few fruits that do not ripen on the tree.
Meet Pear Grower - Eldon Tall
Pear Buying Tips
Look for smooth, unblemished skins. Pears are harvested fully mature, but unripe and should be quite firm when you purchase them. Let your pear ripen at room temperature, checking daily for ripeness. To see when it’s ripe, press gently on the neck of the pear. If it gives slightly, it is ripe. If you wait until the body of the pear is soft, it will be over-ripe.
Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and it’s no wonder why! They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. And, they’re sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free. That’s a lot of nutrition in one sweet and juicy package!
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, and pears are a delicious part of this menu. But what makes pears so healthy?
Pears can be used in any way an apple might be used. They can also be poached, grilled or baked. Different varieties of pears are more suited to particular preparation methods, so make sure the pears you have are well suited to how you would like to use them. Visit www.usapears.org for recipes.