Pears are probably my favorite fruit; their tender skin, delicate sweetness, juicy flesh, and great versatility make these gems worth waiting for each year. It's pear season, and to celebrate their arrival, I decided to highlight just why I love them.
In just one medium sized pear, you'll discover almost 6g of fiber; that's over 22% of your daily requirement, so if you're suffering from a bit of constipation, I highly recommend you eat a pear or two. Pears also contain lots of polyphenols, flavanoids, and other antioxidants that help with cancer prevention and the reversal of chronic disease; most of which is contained in the skin, so avoid peeling before eating. Pears are nutrient dense, and very low in calories, making them ideal for optimal health and weight loss.
Pairing the Pear
Pears can be eaten a variety of ways. Whether you eat them as a snack, pair them with your favorite vegan cheese, slice them over your favorite field greens in a salad, poach them in wine, or bake them in a tart, pears are one of the most versatile fruits around. They vary in size, shape, and color. The darker skinned varieties tend to yield more of a nutty flavor and firm texture; they also tend to have more flavenoids, so make your choice accordingly. Pears pair well with walnuts and cultured coconut milk. I drizzle them with a bit of robust molases to highten the flavor profile.