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Pears: Gift of the Gods

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Pears: Gift of the Gods

Homer, famous author of the Odyessy, called pears “gift of the gods.” That was in 800 B.C. Thousands of years before and thousands of years later, there are many (including me) who would agree.

Did you know?

  • Pears were cultivated in 5000 B.C. in China by Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat as a commercial venture.
  • The Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.)
  • In Greek and Roman mythology, pears are sacred to three goddesses.
  • Pears are members of the rose family.
  • There are more than 5,000 varieties of pears! (When I was at the farmerís market a guy showed me 5 varieties last week; I was impressed.)
  • Pear trees can produce fruit for up to 100 years.
  • Pears were cultivated to become the sweet juicy taste we know today.
  • Pears are Powerfoods.


  • have more nutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient (surprising since they are so sweet). They are what I call a Smart Carb.
  • are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, copper & vitamin K.
  • are often considered a hypoallergenic fruit that is less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits by healthcare practitioners.
  • are often the first fruit fed to infants as a safe way to start.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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2:59PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013


5:58PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

thank you

4:21AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Wow. This is a lot of information about the Pear. I was impressed with them being part of the rose family, how many different varieties there are, and that they ripen best OFF the tree.

Paul M., you are very lucky to have a Pear tree!!

Thanks Diana for the great info.

12:31AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:46AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I love pears, but they seem to be a forgotten fruit!

1:42AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Years ago I did a great recipe with red wine and cinnamon cooking them gently, however these days I use them in smoothies!

9:43AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Happy to hear so many of you love pears like I do; for me they are a winter fruit because all my other favs are not fresh anymore. I have lots of them in the freezer.

9:24AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Great article, thanks for all the information. Love them pears.

9:13AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thank you

8:15AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

I'm luckey! I have my own pear tree..

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