When are pears in season?
When the sun beats down, and you crave something sweet and refreshing, there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a juicy pear. With a vast array of pear varieties available, each with its unique flavor profile, the quest for the perfect pear becomes an adventure. Let’s dive into the world of pears, exploring their seasons, varieties, and their delightful benefits to your health.
Types of Pears
Hailing from Belgium but named after a French region, Anjou Pears come in green and red varieties, boasting a mild flavor and firm texture. These jewels arrive in markets in late September, maintaining their presence nearly year-round.
Crowned as the most well-known in the US, Bartlett Pears dazzle with their green and red variations. Bursting with classic pear flavor, these supremely juicy fruits are perfect for snacking, canning, or crafting delectable pear sauce. Bartletts are in their prime from August to December.
With their rotund body and short, well-defined neck, Comice Pears are Christmas delights. Their fruity aroma, refined flavor, and less-grainy texture make them a unique addition to the pear family, available from September to February.
Crispy, sweet, and juicy with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, Bosc Pears boast a distinctive long neck and bronze-colored skin. These delights grace us from late September to April, adding flavor to any pear recipe.
A cross between Comice and Conference pears, Concorde Pears flaunt a noticeable long, slender neck. Starting crispy and evolving into a softer texture as they ripen, these pears develop a mellow, vanilla-like flavor. Find them in markets from September through March.
Sporting a glaring-bright red skin, Starkrimson Pears are the summer stars, in season from August to November. Their crimson hue, floral aroma, and sweet, juicy fruit with a smooth texture make them perfect for fresh eating or enhancing salads and cereal bowls.
Specialty Pears (Seckel and Forelle)
Seckel pears, small and sugary-sweet, grace us from September to February. Forelle pears, a small variety with a sweet-tangy flavor and a hint of cinnamon spice, make a limited appearance from September to January.
Pears not only tantalize your taste buds but also pack a nutritional punch.
- Calories: A medium-sized pear contains 101 calories, making it a guilt-free treat.
- Carbs: With 27 grams of carbohydrates (including 17 grams of natural sugars) in a 178g pear, it’s a wholesome snack.
- Benefits: Pears provide 12% of your daily vitamin C needs, 10% vitamin K, and 6% potassium. They also offer calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, and folate.
Beyond the nutritional content, pears contribute to better digestion, reduced risk of heart diseases, and lower chances of diabetes due to their high dietary fiber content, regulating cholesterol and sugar levels.
With their combination of vitamin C and fiber, Pears also contribute to cell protection, combating free radicals that can lead to cancer.
Pears, with diverse flavors and textures, are an exquisite choice for any season. Whether you’re biting into a juicy Anjou or savoring the crunch of a Bosc, the pear’s versatility and nutritional benefits make it a year-round favorite.
So, next time you’re in the produce aisle, reach for that pear and let the fruity adventure begin!
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