The pear season begins in late summer and lasts all winter.
Nutritional value of pears
Very rich in water, the pear is a fruit with a moderate calorie count and is a delicious, light desert or snack: an average 180 gramme pear contains no more than 85 kilocalories. It is also rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. It also contains vitamins C and E and folic acid.
Among the 1,000 varieties, only a few are found on the market. They can be classified into three categories:
- summer pears (the Williams pear);
- autumn pears (Conference, Beurré-Hardy, Comice…);
- winter pears (Passe-Crassane).
Placed in a fruit bowl, pears ripen at room temperature. If they are purchased " ready to eat", place them in the vegetable crisper to extend their life by a few days.
Eaten plain, poached, sweet or savoury, pears are always tasty.
The pear is a low-calorie fruit eaten from late summer onwards. © DR