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Pears: Gift of the Gods

What to do with pears:

  • The best pears for cooking are the firmer varieties such as Bosc, Anjou, or Concorde; their flesh is denser and they hold their shape better.
  • Best for eating fresh or juicing are Bartlett, Starkrimson, and Comice as they are juicier; they’re not good for cooking as they over-soften and their flavor is lost when heated.
  • Do not freeze fresh pears; the juice and fibers separate when they thaw which is not nice at all. You can freeze cooked pears (such as pear sauce, pear crumble or pear cake).

So now you know why pears are a “Gift of the Gods.”

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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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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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