Fresh Pear Gift Box Giveaway!

Juicy, ripe pears can add taste, nutrition and style to your cooking. Or you could just eat them as they are—perfect! Five lucky Appetite for Health fans will win our Fresh Pear Gift Box Giveaway. See below for entry details.

We know our Appetite for Health friends LOVE pears, so we’ve brought back our popular Fresh Pear Gift Box Giveaway (a $39 value), courtesy of USA Pears and The Fruit Company. We’ve got five of these beautiful Pear Medley boxes (pictured at left) to share—just in time for the holiday season, so enter today!

Have you ever noticed that some people are “afraid” of fresh pears. I think I know why. It’s because nobody has ever clued them in on how to tell when a fresh pear is ripe. Therefore, these poor folks have only eaten unripe, hard and less-than-flavorful pears. Don’t be one of those people! Here’s the trick to telling when pears are actually ripe and ready for eating: gently press on the “neck” or stem end of the pear. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe, sweet and juicy. That’s it. Easy!Pear ripeness test

Pears are one of the few fruits that does not ripen on the tree, so they are harvested when mature, but not ripe. If you’ve purchased pears that are not ripe yet, no problem. Simply leave them at room temperature for a couple days. (If you need them for a recipe on a specific day though, be sure to purchase them a couple days ahead of time so you can make sure they’re ready on time.) Check them daily for ripeness so you catch them at the perfect ripeness. Once ripe, you can slow additional ripening by putting them in the fridge. This is never a problem at my house though because once they are ripe they get eaten immediately. Plus, they usually aren’t all perfectly ripe on exactly the same day.

USA Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C, with only 100 calories per medium pear.  They’re also naturally sodium and fat-free. Try cooking with pears—they’re versatile (and we already know they’re delish). Check out the USA Pears website for recipe ideas (we’ve got one of their holiday dessert recipe featuring pears here). The holidays are coming and pears should be on your table in some way, shape or form. On mine, pears share the spotlight with fresh cranberries and dried cherries in my version of cranberry sauce.

If you’d like to try and win one of 5 of these beautiful, 7-pound medley collections in our Fresh Pear Gift Box Giveaway, here’s what to do: First, make sure you’ve signed up for sign-up for our newsletter (no spam ever!), and be sure to “Like” USA Pears on Facebook , too. Then just leave us a comment below (not on Facebook please) telling us your favorite way to enjoy fresh pears in the fall (in salad? on oatmeal?). Enter by Midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 6th.

And don’t forget to tell us where you’ve shared this contest or any AFH content on your social media. The pear giveaway gods like that. Open to residents of the continental US only please. All AFH Terms and Conditions apply.



  1. Sarah Elizabeth says

    I ADORE pears. My favorite way to eat them is either simply to do so plain or with a little bit of cottage cheese. Mmmm.

  2. Cam says

    I love ripe Bartlett pears sliced really thin, sprinkled with feta cheese and glazed walnuts and drizzled with a little fig balsamic vinegar.

  3. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I’ve already signed-up for your newsletter and I like you both on Facebook. My favorite way to eat fresh pears is just as they are! I also love pears in salads with fresh greens and nuts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. maureen k says

    I love to create a pear sauce to use over my pancakes – simplycook them slowly with a little water and mash!

  5. Megan S. says

    I love to eat fresh fall pears in tarts! They become so extra-juicy and caramelized when they get baked in a crisp crust!

  6. Renata says

    I love pears of all kinds, shapes and sizes and enjoy pears in all kinds of ways too! From chopped up on my salads with cranberries, apples and avocado to baked in the oven with strawberry sauce – Pears are so yummy and full of fiber and nutrition! Also like spreading cheese on pears or even dipping in a melted cheese fondue! :)

    Email subscriber, Like both FB pages, Shared on my FB wall and tweeted too! Thank you so much!

  7. Melissa says

    We never realized how wonderful pears are until we got our own place. Neither of our parents enjoyed pears, so they were not available for us to enjoy until we got out on our own and can select our own fruit and veggies.

  8. Antoinette Burleson says

    I love to slice pears, and sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon, bake and enjoy them warm fresh out the oven!!

  9. Bonnie P. says

    I love them baked, with a spritz of lemon, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar.

    Or just au natural (the not me)!

  10. says

    I like mine several ways. They are great plain (just to eat), awesome in oatmeal or cereal for breakfast, goog with cottage cheese or on a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and for dinner they are wonderful in a salad or with most pork dishes. I love them!

  11. Airess says

    My favorite way to enjoy fresh pears are to eat them just as they are as an in-between meals snack!!

  12. says

    Oh, my husband would be in heaven!!! He loves pears. I wash one every morning and send it with him on his long commute to work because he says he does not have time to eat breakfast before he leaves, but I know he needs some good “nutritional fuel” to break the fast after a 7 or 8 hour night of rest.

  13. KnitYeah says

    WOnderful addition to my fruit intake! Pears are Yummy! Liked/shared on FB and signed up for newsletter. Hope I win!

  14. says

    I love pears, and they are the most amazing during fall. I like them sliced thinly on my salads, but more than that I like them cooked with cinnamon, which is my favorite way of all of enjoying pears!

  15. Jen S K. says

    Favorite way to enjoy pears is just washed and eaten. I do bake with them, though, snd use them in salads. I’ll share this on FB and twitter. I know I have friends who would love it, especially my best friend’s pear-addict 5 year old!

  16. jennifer woosley says

    Iiked both and I already subscribe. I love pears just by themselves! They are so good. I to also like them baked with some cinnamon and a bit of equal on them.

  17. Sandra R says

    PRovided the pears aren’t gobbled up plain & perfect as they are, they make a fantastic cobbler – Thicker slices to keep their texture, a little cinnamon and sprinkle of brown sugar, topped with oatmeal & pecans.

  18. Rhiannon Rowland says

    I like to just eat them! Or maybe bake them with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar. Yum

  19. Cheryl R says

    I like ripe pears in a spinach salad that includes either blue cheese or feta. Love the sweet and salty combo.

  20. Celine McFarquhar says

    reminds me about pears, I am not very good at taking the time to choose fresh fruit, this article gave me helpful reminders.

  21. Linda O says

    I love to spend the time to dry my own pears. Dipping them in pineapple juice is a great way to dry pears!

  22. Paula Ellis says

    I love fresh pears and also have a wonderful recipe for a pear upside down cake…the best! Sharing on facebook! Hope to win these wonderful pears!!!!

  23. Carol says

    I love to grill/cook them for a bit & them add them to a salad. Or if I’m looking for a treat, I make a “Pear Crisp.” Oh, & I do like to just bite on in & enjoy a good Pear :o)

  24. Athena R says

    Besides having these as a snack, I love cooking with them and pairing them with lean pork. Pears are also great with cheese.

  25. melinda singer says

    Roasted, then add to field greens with a white balsamic dressing and dot with blue crumbles.

  26. Patricia Evans says

    There’s not much better than a fresh, ripe pear. I like them by themselves and I’ve also made pearsauce (like applesauce) out of them. Thanks!

  27. Ana Graham says

    I like them roasted in balsalmic vinegrette with any salad green and walnuts and gorgonzola.

  28. jan Donahue says

    I love to eat them fresh or chopped with balsamic vinegar and spinach salads greens with bleu. Cheese

  29. Barb E. says

    Those pears look fabulous! I can eat pears about any way. In salads, in oatmeal baked or by themselves. My favorite fruit! YUM!

  30. Georgiana S says

    Juicy pears are so divine and mouthwatering I love to eat them just as is! Also chop them up for breakfast to add to my Greek yogurt Granola Parfait for something cold and refreshing! For a hot breakfast I swirl them in my oatmeal with some Medjool dates & a dash of cinnamon! So comforting! Email subscriber, Facebook fan now of both and shared on my wall and emailed out to some friends too! Thanks a Pearlicious Bunch! 😉

  31. Bonnie Cooper says

    Just eating them fresh out of hand is wonderful, but I love sliced pears in a salad with blue cheese and toasted walnuts! Wow!

  32. Sheila K. says

    I’m already a newsletter subscriber, and I like you both on Facebook. Usually I just eat pears fresh but once in a while I like to have a nice pear torte!

  33. Gail Cook says

    YUM! Love the juicy pears that are soft and sweet…the juice runs down your chin and your hand…Yea, I’ll take some pears!

  34. Megan S says

    Already subscribed to your newsletter, just liked the USA Pears facebook page. I love eating pears by themselves, but I also love baking them in the oven! Mmmmm.

  35. Sandra Schultz Hurt says

    Love just eating pears straight up or putting them in sangria! Liked and shared and thank you for the opportunity!

  36. Paula Gillespie says

    My family’s favorite way that we enjoy fresh pears is all by itself. This is the way you get to enjoy and savor it the most!

  37. Brandy says

    Pears are a favorite of mine and my 4 year old – we slice them into ‘party pieces” and have them for an afternoon snack!

  38. Jen M. says

    Absolutely any way, there is no wrong way to eat a pear. But my favorite is probably cut up with a spoon of almond-butter to dip it in :) sooo delicious.

  39. Robin W says

    I love them baked – not only are they delicious, but you get the added bonus of that wonderful aroma filling your home!!

  40. Dave Kinney says

    I love pears any way I can get them. My wife makes an awesome pear crisp that doesn’t last long when I am around!

  41. Pamela Laws says

    I receive the email updates from this site and I have visited the USA Pear site and liked it. I grew up with a large pear tree in the yard and my mother made wonderful pear preserves. My favorite recipe is Baked Pears. They are basted with a mixture of honey and Port until almost soft, a spoonful of bleu cheese is placed where the seeds pods were and broiled until the cheese begins to melt and the honey forms a wonderful glaze. Top them with chopped walnuts and serve. This is a decadent desert, but it is wonderful.

  42. Judy Heinsinger says

    My favorite way to enjoy fresh pears in the fall is warm on vanilla ice cream with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

  43. laura says

    I love pears in a pear and biue cheese salad because it has a sweet and tangy taste and the pears are sooooo good served this way.

  44. Lori Williams says

    I already get your newsletter, and I like you and USA Pears on Facebook! How do I love my pears? Let me count the ways! Fresh off the tree! Sliced, coated and deep fried! Diced and dropped in a fresh green salad with blue cheese dressing! Chopped and added to an Ambrosia Salad! Sliced on a plate with hunks of Sharp cheddar cheese! In a pie topped with French vanilla ice cream! In a smoothie along with cantalope and strawberries! Pear-sauce on top of waffles or pancakes with homemade whipped cream! Ohhhh….the ways are deliciously endless! Thank you for reminding me of some of them. And thanks for the giveaway!!

  45. says

    It might be a split decision for me. I love a good pear, goat cheese, walnut, spinach salad, but I am also a big desert fan, so a pear torte is on the top of my list as well.


    Love to eat pears as a fresh fruit!!!Sometimes as a topping for yogurt.
    Shared the giveaway on Facebook and twitter!

  47. Pamela Craig says

    My favorite way to enjoy fresh pears are with cottage cheese and a lettuce leaf and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar on top!

  48. Terri Burson says

    I like my pears naked. The pears, not me. 😉 And I followed all instructions above. Thanks!

  49. Tammy says

    I enjoy eatting them all by themselves, very seldom get to purchase them but when I do it’s such a pleasure. Would love to win a box , Thanks for letting me enter. :-)

  50. Wendy says

    I would love to try your pears! Pears are seasonal around here and during the winter months I only get to have canned pears. I shared the link on Facebook! Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. says

    Subscriber, “Like” USA Pears on Facebook (Tamara Bennington) I love eating fresh pears any way I can get them, love dipping slices in non fat Greek yogurt

  52. says

    There is nothing like a fresh pear straight off the tree. Since I don’t have the tree, then to have them in a bowl on my dining room table and eat them as a snack in the evening while watching TV. Sweet, ripe and just plain delicious.

  53. sandy says

    love them fresh and raw- but are yummy with white cheddar cheese and dark chocolate sauce or glazed with vegies

  54. Jonathan Buffington says

    As a vegetarian, pears are one of my “go to” fruits. I like them straight up out of the box, no cooking required. For health benefits fruit can be your secret weapon for weight loss and cholesterol control. Love em!

  55. Sherwin Bowie says

    Yummy! Simply chopped up along with Peaches, Strawberry, and Grapes for a wonderful Fruit Medley.
    shared on Twitter and Facebook

  56. michele malone says

    I like you both and received your newsletter. my husband and I both love to have a sweet juicy pear as dessert after a warm fall dinner.

  57. Andra Eads says

    I like both your fb page and USA pears…I subscribe to AFH newsletter. I also shared this contest on my facebook page. My favorite way to eat pears is sliced up fresh…I heard from an acupunturist that pears are good for the lungs…so I eat as much as I can get. LOVE THEM!!!

  58. Peg says

    I like pears as they are but I have been known to make a spicy pear syrup- great over waffles or pancakes.

  59. Susan Morris says

    I love to eat fresh pears just the way they are and at room temperature. Also, I will eat them along with cheese and my favorite cracker.

  60. NWB says

    I always have pears on hand for snacking or baking. I like your tip about gently pressing the neck to determine how ripe it is.

  61. Marion Hecht says

    I love pears poached drizzled with fig sauce, or honey; baked with cinnamon; sliced thin in a salad;made into a tart, turnover, or a pie. They also go very well with soft cheeses. There are different varieties, each with its own distinct flavor, which can range from sweet to tangy. The skin can be buttery, crisp, or everything inbetween. I love all types of pears.

  62. Sharon Norris says

    I just ate a pear today. It is a great afternoon snack. Holds me over until dinner time.

  63. says

    I signed up for your newsletter and like USAPears on FB . Pears are one of my favorite fruits. I love them in salads with fresh nuts. I also love them baked with a little cinnamon and brown sugar.

  64. says

    One of my favorite snacks is spreading laughing cow blue cheese wedge on thin sliced pear. So good. Also enjoy pear in grilled sandwiches with Turkey and provolone cheese.

  65. Amanda C. says

    Baked pairs with cinnamon, raisin, and pecan filling, topped with fresh whipped almond cream.

  66. Lorri Smith says

    I love grilled pears drizzled with a light balsamic vinegar. It’s the perfect compliment to any meal!

  67. Alicia says

    I like chopped bake pears with cinnamon and sugar and just a crisp, sweet,plain pear by itself for a good snack!!!

  68. Tracy Petitjean says

    My favorite way to eat pears is fresh.
    I also shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.

  69. Julie Santruck says

    I like just to enjoy the taste of a plain fresh pear – especially if it is picked right from the tree!

  70. Rebecca Lord says

    liked/signed up and shared…
    I would make a pear pie using my apple pie recipe, I love pears and it would be great to make my hubby a pear lover too and using a pie would do it, lol

  71. says

    I like to use in a pear & walnut salad along with greens and blue cheese crumbles, or just eat by themselves. My husband and I love them! I follow you & USA Pears on Facebook, and shared this giveaway on twitter as @anniemos :)

  72. Dianne W says

    I am going to have a houseful for Thanksgiving. I love making salad with fresh pears and walnuts. I like leaving a fruit bowl on the table during the day, filled with apples, oranges and pears. It’s a great family snack!

  73. belinda belle says

    I love a good pear salad with walnuts! And even poached pears with homemade vanilla bean ice-cream!

  74. Melonie Myers says

    Oh wow – a lot of people have some amazing ideas! Sauce on pancakes?? Trying that for the kids for sure. Normally I just enjoy them out of the fridge – but a pear pie, using an apple pie recipe… I think I am going to have to try that for Thanksgiving!

    Thank you for the chance to enter, I posted on FB and on my FB page, Our Cheap Tricks!

  75. jeanette says

    I like you both on facebook and signed for the newsletter.
    My chocolate pear muffins are devine!

  76. krista grandstaff says

    I love them most, when they are cold and crisp…but, I do enjoy having them poached with a little red wine, or baked in an upside down cake… or even made into a yummy oatmeal pear crisp with a few cranberries thrown in for tartness :)

  77. Tracy Korts says

    Sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with a little vanilla Greek yogurt, honey and low fat granola.

  78. Sara Henry says

    Pears are one of our family’s favorite fruits; we always enjoyed them around Thanksgiving time as my mom would always have them in the fruit bowl.

  79. Kay Garrett says

    I absolutely LOVE pears in any thing or oh so delicious all by themselves. Pear pie beats apple pie any day! Would love to win and I’ve shared with friends and on facebook as well.

  80. Jennifer L. says

    I’m craving some pears especially because most of the summer fruit is gone. I like to eat pears onthe side ofmy morning oatmeal.

  81. Lynn Bulk says

    I love to eat my pears fresh! Especially as fuel pre-workout. Thanks! I shared on facebook and tweeted this giveaway too!

  82. Jesse says

    I like USA pears on FB, am signed up for the newsletter and like my pears on salads especially with feta and walnuts. Thanks for the chance!

  83. Jennifer S. says

    I prefer to eat my pear fresh! Occassional I’ll slice them up and dip them in a marshmallow dip, but mostly just eat the fruit whole.

  84. Karen Trepanier says

    Pear-tinis are the best! The Starkrinsom are fantastic when I saute with butter, brown sugar, and ginger, and serve over ream-cheese stuffed French toast. Red Anjous are exquisite in a spinach/almond/feta/grapenuts salad, as well as roasted with my bourbon-glazed pork tenderloin. YUM!

  85. Anthony says

    I hollow out a pear, put in small amount of butter, brown sugar in the raw and add nuts an bake in the oven….tastes amazing! I am subscribed to your newletter, like USA Pears on Facebook as well as Appetite for Health on Facebook. Great giveaway! Thanks!

  86. Jeanne Hollenstein says

    There’s nothing better than a good ripe juicey pear!!! I’ve never won fresh fruit, however it would be awesome to win these Pears!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  87. Zachary says

    I make a really good Pear and Cranberry Galette and that’s how I like to eat my pears in the fall and winter months.

  88. tabitha a pittz says

    pears are one of the few fresh fruits that my husband will actually eat. My daughter also loves them, which is a blessing because she is only 22 months old. <3 I have never eaten a baked bear but I would love to give that a try with a little cinnamon sugar on top of them. Sound simply delicious <3

  89. Jess L says

    Fall season is great for pears! Spice it up with some harvest spices, and poach it with red wine. Indulge with some dark chocolate and you have an antioxidant-rich exquisite dessert. :)

    Or to be simple, just get some puff pastry, embed slices of pear in the tart, bake it and sprinkle with powdered sugar!

  90. Sakura says

    I Liked your site on Facebook.. I share your newsletter w people I work with and family and friends . I encourage co workers if we share snacks we bring in large bags if fruit..almonds..peanuts etc Ask we are making healthy choices but making it a happy envious

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