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Recipes & Nutrition Analysis for Pears

Sweet and juicy, pears are eaten fresh, in salads, in desserts, with cheese, or can be baked or poached.

Tips:

When shopping for pears, look for those without bruises, cuts, or dark brown spots.

Pears should be purchased with smooth, unblemished skin.

It is best to buy pears when they are slightly green as they ripen faster when off of the tree.

Store either in a paper bag at room temperature or in a fruit bowl in a cool dark spot to ripen at home.

When ripe, they will soften slightly when pushed near the stem. Once ripe, pears should be refrigerated in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 days.

ref: Fruits and Veggies More Matter, Pear Bureau Northwest

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Baked Pears

Bosc or Anjou varieties are good in this recipe especially if you like to keep the shape. You would want to avoid Bartlett variety as it falls apart as you cook it.

Recipe courtesy of FareStart - FareStart prepares fresh, local, and seasonal food in their dedicated kitchen and provides nutritious, quality meals to local childcare centers and schools.

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