Pears are the sweet, juicy treasures of late autumn. With their luscious texture and heady fragrance, they seem decadently indulgent in contrast to the tang of citrus and the tart crunch of apples.
Although there are almost 1,000 varieties of pears grown in America, you'll commonly encounter only 6 or 7 commercially grown pears in the supermarket. December is the one month of the year when most varieties of pears are available, so it’s a good time to taste them all and discover your favorites.
Beyond desserts, pears make a lovely addition to salads and pair well with pungent cheeses such as Stilton, chevre or Pecorino Romano.
Why choose organic pears?
How to select and store pears
Tips for using pears
Earthbound Farm Organic Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C. In fact, pears rank as having some of the highest fiber content* per serving among all fruits. The soluble fiber found in pears has been shown to help people lower their cholesterol levels and lose weight when consumed as part of a healthy low-fat diet.
The vitamin C in pears promotes wound healing, supports the immune system, and helps keep skin healthy; it may also protect against a number of infectious diseases. Additionally, vitamin C helps the body absorb plant-based iron. Try adding pears to a spinach salad, or eat pears with other produce that contains iron, to maximize your nutrient intake.
Why choose organic pears?
Pears are #19 on the Environmental Working Group's “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” a list of produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. Choosing organic pears broccoli makes sense, especially if you’re serving them to your children, whose growing bodies are so much more susceptible to environmental chemical exposures than adults’.
At Earthbound Farm, we grow our organic pears without toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment and help keep pesticides out of our soil, air, water and food supply. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic pears taste better, too!
WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for fruit like pears and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
Fresh, whole organic pears are amazingly versatile — as delicious in recipes as for simple out-of-hand snacking — and they're a luscious source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.