Authentic Food of the Day: Pears

I have always been a huge fan of pears, especially Bartlett pears. I’ve recently started adding fresh pear slices and pear juice to my morning smoothies (with a little dash of cinnamon added to the mix, yum)! Pears have been a favorite food for different cultures for thousands of years. They have been referred to as “the gift from the gods” and where considered a luxury item in the French court of Louis XIV. There are many varieties of pears to choose from put the most common include comice, bosc, anjou, and Bartlett pears. The peak season for pears is typically August through October. Pears are loaded with nutrients that include dietary fiber for healthy digestion, vitamin C for a strong immune system, copper, and vitamin K. They are also full of health promoting carotenoids and flavonoids like beta-carotene and quercetin. This makes them a fabulous food for promoting a healthy heart. Pears are also recommended to people who are allergic to most foods because they are hypoallergenic.

DID YOU KNOW:

- One pear contains about 98 calories. Add them to your smoothies and salads every day! You can also enjoy them plain as they make a delicious and portable snack to take with you on-the-go.

- Pears originated from Central Asia about 3,000 years ago.