Pears originated in China, but when they spread to Europe they were often associated with France, and many types retain French names. Today, about thirty primary types of pair exist, three species account for the types most often eaten. These include the European pear (Bosc, Anjou, and Bartlett), Chinese white pear, and Nashi Pear (Asian pear). Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. They are often sautéed and found in an array of desserts as well. Pears are rich in Vitamin C and potassium and are among the least allergenic of all fruits.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 Medium Pear, 178g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 102
  • Calories from fat: 0
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Total Carbs: 28g
    • Fiber: 6g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1%
  • Vitamin C: 12%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 2%


Handling & Storage


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Also Known As

  • Anjou
  • Bartlett
  • Bosc
  • Asian Pear
  • Apple Pear

Pears actually ripen best once they are removed from the tree, and are usually picked before they reach their peak ripeness. Keep pears at room temperature for best flavor and even ripening. If you want to keep them a few days longer, store them in the refrigerator.

  • European Pear
  • Nashi Pear
  • Chinese white Pear


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