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!
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.