The 52 New Foods Challenge Food of the Week: Pears
Jennifer Tyler Lee suggests making a pear sauce – like apple sauce or in a winter fruit salad (I made a similar one for Christmas). Mmmmm!
- Pears ripen in late summer to mid fall, if you’re buying pears at any other time, they are either imported or have been in cold storage, like apples
- Apples and pears are from the same food family and are very similar, except the flesh of pears contains stone cells, often called grits
- Good source of vitamins C, E, B2, and K and potassium and copper
- Good source of fiber
- It is an anti inflammatory and it counters atherosclerosis, a common problem in cardiovascular disease
- They are good for lowering cholesterol
- Often recommended as a hypo-allergenic fruit because they are less likely to cause a reaction
- Contains antioxidants called phenols
- Antioxidants levels maintain even when cooked- this makes Jennifer Tyler Lee’s pear sauce an even better idea!
From The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes by Jennifer Tyler Lee, Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, Joseph Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno, and Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet by Tonia Reinhard