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  • Pears can be found in most grocery stores year-round, with peak season being

Health Benefits of Pears:

  • Pears are an excellent source of Vitamin C and fiber.
  • They also contain potassium and antioxidants.

How to Select Pears:

  • Check the neck: Apply gentle pressure to neck of the pear with your thumb. If it yields, it’s ripe.

How to Store Pears:

  • Store unripe pears at room temperature until ripe. To speed up the ripening process, place pears in a paper bag at room temperature.
  • Ripe pears can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Do not refrigerate unripe pears.

How to Prepare Pears:

  • Always wash before eating.
  • Pears can be eaten whole like an apple, sliced or chopped.

Fun Facts About Pears:

  • Pears do not ripen on the tree. They’re harvested when they’re mature, not ripe. Pear also ripen from the inside out.
  • There are over 3000 varieties of pears worldwide.
  • The United States is one of the largest producers of pears in the world.

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