What are Pears?
Pears are sweet, bell-shaped fruits that have existed since the beginning of mankind. Crisp or soft, they’re delicious both ways. They’re not only tasty, but they also have a slew of scientifically proven health advantages. Pears are a type of fruit that grows on trees and is gathered from late summer to early October all over the world. The genus Pyrus, which belongs to the Rosaceae family and yields the same-named pomaceous fruit, includes the pear tree and shrub. Pears are grown for their edible fruit and juices in some species, while others are grown as trees in others.
Where it is found?
The pear (Pyrus communis L.) is a common fruit in temperate countries, with origins and domestication in China and Asia Minor before reaching the Middle East. It is the world’s fifth-most extensively grown fruit, primarily in China, Europe, and the United States.
Protein: 1 gram
Carbs: 27 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Vitamin C: 12% of the daily value (DV)
Vitamin K: 6% of DV
Potassium: 4% of the DV
Copper: 16% of DV
What are its benefits?
- May promote gut health
- Contain beneficial plant compounds
- Have Anti-inflammatory properties
- May offer anticancer effects
- Reduce risk of diabetes
- May boost heart health
- May help you lose weight
How to grow it?
- Early in the spring, plant pear trees. Order bare root plants in the middle of the winter to ensure timely delivery.
- For the finest fruit set, you’ll need full light, fertile, well-drained soil, and sufficient air circulation.
- Plant at least two varieties of pear trees since fruit production requires cross-pollination. Check to see if the different types are compatible.
- Standard-size trees should be spaced 20 to 25 feet apart. Dwarf trees should be spaced 12 to 15 feet apart.
- Dig a hole a few inches deeper and wider than the root system’s spread. Place the tree in the middle of the hole, on top of a small mound of soil. Make sure the roots are spread out away from the stem and not bent too much. Do not fill the hole with fertiliser or topsoil.
How to include it in your diet?
- Eaten whole
- With a handful of nuts
- They make a great snack
- Can be add to salads, oatmeal, smoothies
- Pears complement chicken or pork
- They pair nicely with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg