How to buy
If you’re looking for superfoods, it’s hard to go past the humble pear. When buying, check the firmness and aroma of the pear, and make sure there aren’t any deep bruises or gashes in the fruit.
How to store
Pears are best kept at room temperature until they turn yellow and lose some of their firmness. They don’t need to be stored in plastic, and should be chilled only to slow down ripening – pears are mostly water, and too long in the fridge will dry them out. Ripe, juicy pears should be eaten immediately, or cooked without delay. Don’t freeze pears, as the flesh doesn’t thaw well. Instead, if you want to preserve them for long periods of time, try bottling them in a light sugar syrup. You can also dehydrate pear slices to eat later.
Pears are full of fibre – indeed, the average pear provides around 18 per cent of your daily fibre quota. They’re also low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and made up of mostly water. Pears also contain polyphenolics, which help to fight inflammation, and have high levels of vitamins A, C, K and B.
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