Food of the Month: The Perfect Pear
Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com
With its season beginning in August and lasting until end of October, pears really are the ultimate fall fruit. They come in the rainbow of autumn colours from green to red to yellow to brown and have a subtle, sweet flavour that is very versatile when it comes to its culinary options. They go great atop salads, in soups, on pizza and sandwiches and in all the baked goods from cobblers to crisps to streusels to cakes to homemade pop tarts. Moreover, they are a fantastically healthy addition to one’s diet.
They are a good source of copper and vitamin C and K and are very high in fibre, packing about 6g per pear. Due to their high fibre content, a large amount of which is found in its skin, they have been shown to aid in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer like colorectal, stomach and oesophagus. In addition to containing high levels of fibre, pears contain anti-inflammatory properties which help with the prevention of chronic inflammatory diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, they contain high levels of antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which aid in the fight against unwanted free radicals. They are also extremely easy to digest, which is one reason they are reoccurring in the diets of infants and toddlers. When selecting your pears ensure that their skin is always intact and that they aren’t overly soft.