While gathering information for this article I remembered the taste of an aromatic pear, and I have managed to learn more about this delicious fruit. And I can boldly say that the pear definitely deserves a place in the other super foods.
Pear fruits are a genus of the Pink family (Rosaceae) – the Apple subfamily. They are medium sized trees that reach a height of 10-17 meters in height. There are many different types and different varieties of pears. It is considered that they have originated from Asia. For first time in Europe, they were cultivated 1000 BC. The Romans cultivated the pears, but they preferred to cook it with honey. The fruits of the pear are juicy, fleshy and fragrant. It is interesting that the world leader in pear production is China, followed by Argentina, USA, Italy and Turkey.
What does the pear fruit contain?
Pear is rich in flavonoid and dietary fiber, vitamins: A, C, K, B1, B2, B6, rich in calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, folic acid, fiber, beta carotene, lutein, etc. From micronutrients it contains iodine, cobalt, fluoride. Interestingly, the pear skin contains 3-4 times more useful ingredients than the fleshy part.
Health benefits of regular consumption of pear fruits
In Eastern medicine, the fruit is used as an invigorating and toning agent. Also pear (again in traditional medicine), whether fresh or dried, is used in intestinal disorders because of the presence of tannins. The fruit is useful for urinary tract and kidney infections, and it is good for the digestive system. Pears help lower cholesterol thanks to soluble fiber. This fruit also helps prevent osteoporosis. Due to the high amounts of fructose and glucose, the body receives enough energy. In addition to stimulating the immune system, pear helps for beautiful hair, skin and healthy nails.
It has a cooling effect and therefore it is recommended to drink pear juice in the morning and evening during the warm months. Freshly squeezed pear juice helps to lower the temperature, especially during the autumn and winter, when the body can easily catch colds and flu.
Eat pears to fight chronic fatigue, apathy and depression. Thanks to the antioxidants found in pears, they have the ability to suppress inflammatory processes in the body.
Pear can be used in prophylactic regimens against type 2 diabetes because of the content of 3 flavonoid groups. According to some, these flavonoids also contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular health. Pear is suitable for the prevention of high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
It is recommended that pear should be one of the solid foods that feed infants because it is one of the fruits that is most easily digested and the least acidic. As I mentioned earlier, in order to be able to absorb most of the nutrients of this fruit, you need to consume it whole without peeling it.
Here are some important pear fruit tips:
- When you will go shopping and want to find out if the fruit is fresh enough and not overripe, you need to squeeze the top of it carefully exactly where the stem is. If pressured, the pear is ripe, but if this area is extremely soft and your finger sinks into it, then you will know that the pear is overripe;
- If you are not going to eat the fruit immediately after purchase, you can leave it in the fridge and it will stay fresh for a few days up to 3 weeks;
- If the pears are too green and you want to accelerate the ripening process, place them in a paper bag at room temperature It is important to turn them from time to time;
- This fruit tends to absorb odors and if you decide to leave it in the fridge, you should out it further away from other highly flavored foods;
- Once pear is cut, it is quickly and easily oxidized and darkened. If you don’t want this to happen, you can spread it with drops of lemon, lime or orange juice.
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