Pears

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A cat in a pear tree

Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. The juice can also be used in jellies and jams, usually in combination with other fruits or berries. Fermented pear juice is called perry.

Pears will ripen faster if placed next to bananas in a fruit bowl. They stay fresh for longer if kept in a fridge.

Pears are the least allergenic of all fruits. Using bananas to ripen other fruit Summer and autumn pears are gathered before they are fully ripe, while they are still green, but snap off when lifted. If left to ripen and turn yellow on the tree, the sugars will turn to starch crystals and the pear will have gritty texture inside. In the case of the 'Passe Crassane', long the favored winter pear in France, the crop should be gathered at three different times, the first a fortnight or more before it is ripe, the second a week or ten days after that, and the third when fully ripe. The first gathering will come into eating latest, and thus the season of the fruit may be considerably prolonged.

A neat trick for ripening pears to order

This great trick shown to me by a fruit farmer allows you to ripen pears to order. It's similar to using an old Victorian fruit store - the cold halts the ripening process. Place the unripe pears in the fridge until a few days before you need them. Storing them in a cool dark place prevents them ripening any further so they won't ripen before you want to use them. To ripen them, place them on a sunny window sill for two or three days, turning them daily.

Peras de Rincón de Soto

Peras de Rincón de Soto

Rincón de Soto pears are of the Blanquilla and Conference variety which have DOP protection. They are produced in Rincón de Soto, Alfaro, Calahorra, and Aldeanueva de Ebro in the province of La Rioja in Spain.

It is the traditional way of their cultivation which makes them produce fruit with some features not found in other areas. These practices are now supported with modern farming techniques. The method is based on a proper design of the plantation. Pruning and thinning of trees is done by hand as is the collection of the fruit. The trees are not watered during flowering and before harvest dates, unless weather conditions dictate, and with prior authorisation.

The pears are inspected for colour, hardness and size and only those that comply with the regulations are allowed to be marketed under the brand of “DOP Rincón de Soto Pears". The rest are used to produce juice or jam, or simply left on the ground. The people who pick the pears carry a gauge to measure them. The Blanquilla pears must exceed a size of 58 mm, and for the Conference, 60 mm in diameter. A proportion of the fruit is sold during immediately after picking and the remainder is sent to cold stores. From there, they are sent to markets and shops throughout the year.

How much does one cup of pears weigh?

Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
Pears fresh - peeled/sliced
1
225 grams 8 ounces
Pears tinned - drained/diced
1
175 grams 6 ounces

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Seasonal Information: Pears

This information is specifically for countries in the northern temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; particularly the United Kingdom, however it should be applicable for northern USA, northern Europe, Canada, Russia, etc.

Pears are at their best and in season during the following months: September, October, November, December & January.

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Pears: What portion size makes one of my 5 a day?

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2 heaped tablespoons of apple puree
6 halves of unsweetened tinned apricots
3 whole fresh apricots
Half an avocado
1 banana
10 blackberries
4 heaped tablespoons of blackcurrants
4 heaped tablespoons of blueberries
11 tinned cherries
14 fresh cherries
2 clementines
6 damsons
3 fresh dates
2 fresh figs
150ml glass of unsweetened fruit juice
3 heaped tablespoons of tinned fruit salad
3 heaped tablespoons of fresh fruit salad
150ml glass of fruit smoothie
1 handful of gooseberries
8 segments of tinned grapefruit
half a fresh grapefruit
1 handful of grapes
2 kiwi fruit
8 Kumquats
6 tinned lychees
6 fresh lychees
3 heaped tablespoons of tinned mandarin oranges
1 fresh mandarin orange
2 slices of fresh mango (5cm or 2 inch)
1 slice of melon (5cm or 2 inch)
1 nectarine
1 orange
6 passion fruits
1 slice of pawpaw (papaya)
2 halves of tinned peaches
1 fresh peach
2 halves of tinned pears
1 fresh pear
2 rings of tinned pineapple
3 tablespoons of crushed pineapple
1 large slice of fresh pineapple
2 plums
6 tinned prunes
3 prunes
20 tinned raspberries
2 handfuls of fresh raspberries
5 chunks of tinned rhubarb
2 heaped tablespoons of cooked rhubarb
2 satsumas
1 sharon fruit
9 tinned strawberries
7 fresh strawberries
1 heaped tablespoon of sultanas
2 tangerines
1 heaped tablespoon of tomato puree
2 tinned whole tinned plum tomatoes
1 large fresh tomato
7 fresh cherry tomatoes
4 dried apple rings
3 whole dried apricots
1 handful of dried banana chips
1 heaped tablespoon of dried cherries
1 heaped tablespoon of dried cranberries
1 heaped tablespoon of dried currants
2 dried figs
1 heaped tablespoon of dried mangoes
1 heaped tablespoon of dried mixed fruit
2 halves of dried peaches
2 halves of dried pear
1 heaped tablespoon of dried pineapple
3 dried prunes
1 tablespoon of raisins
4 sundried tomatoes

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