In ancient Chinese culture, the pear was considered a symbol of immortality due to the longevity of the pear tree. In fact, pears have been grown for human consumption for more than 7,000 years. Take a bite out of history by shopping for pears at your local farmers’ market! Pears are loaded with vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system, strengthen your bones, and regulate blood pressure.
Sweet, juicy pears such as the Bartlett, Comice, and D’Anjou are picked before they have completely ripened, stored at a cool temperature, and then brought out to the markets.
Pale green to brown
Choose firm fruit free of blemishes or bruises. Softer fruit is generally riper and sweeter.
Leave them on the counter at room temperature to encourage more ripening. Once ripe, they decompose quickly despite refrigeration.