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Pears Bartlett, Bosc and Red pears


Pears originated in the region of the Caspian Sea, west of Europe. In ancient times, Homer referred to pears growing in the garden of Alcinous. Pliny documented over forty varieties of pears.

Pears were brought to the New World by the Franciscan Fathers. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, better varieties of pears were developed. Today there are literally thousands of varieties of pears, good for all kinds of activities from juicing to cooking. The most popular is the Bartlett.

The Bartlett pear originated in England. Its first distributor was a nurseryman named Williams, so this variety was known around the world as Williams or Williams' Bon-Cretien. In 1817, Enoch Bartlett acquired this estate. Not knowing the true name of the pear variety, he began distributing it under his own name, Bartlett.

Bartlett pears are large, bell-shaped, and possess a smooth yellow skin that is blushed with red. It's white, finely, grained flesh is juicy and delicious.

Pears are grown all over the United States, but the majority come from the Pacific Northwest. Today, pears from Latin America and Argentina are commonly found in US markets.

Beneficial Effects

Pears have a high quantity of vitamin C and iron. They are a wonderful digestive aid, and help normalize bowel activity.

Eat pears in Winter for energy.

"There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Nutrition facts for Pears

98 calories, 0.66 grams fat, Carbohydrates: 25 grams, Fiber: 4 grams, Protein: 0.65 grams

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