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Pear Tips

  • Pears ripen from the inside out! Apply gentle pressure to the neck to feel if they are ripe.
  • If cooking with pears, choose firmer varieties that hold their shape, like Bosc or Anjou.
  • Peel pears before cooking them, as their skin tends to become tough when heated.
  • If storing pears in the fridge, it’s important to store them in a perforated or open bag, or the fruit will darken at the centre.
  • Pears and apples are interchangeable in most recipes.
  • Pears are delicious served with cheese, nuts and chocolate.
  • When baking or poaching whole pears, choose pears that are similar in size. That way they’ll cook at the same rate.
  • To ripen your fruit, place in a paper bag with an apple and puncture the bag several times with a knife. Seal close and store at room temperature.
  • Pears are a nutrient dense food. A medium pear has just 58 calories, and provides 3 grams of fibre or 12% of the recommended daily allowance.

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