The pear's delicate flavor and buttery texture have earned it the nickname "butter fruit" in Europe. The Greeks loved pears so much that Homer refers to them in The Odyssey. Pears are picked unripe; if left to ripen on the tree, they will have a gritty texture. Pears need to be soft to attain optimum flavor. To speed ripening, place pears in perforated bag, turning frequently to ensure even ripening. There are more than 5,000 varieties of pears.
- rich source of vitamin A, known to be good for visual acuity, immune function, and healthy skin
- high vitamin C content acts as antioxidant and bolsters immune system
- contains vitamins and nutrients especially good for health of bones and skin
- known as one of the most hypoallergenic foods, those least likely to produce allergic reactions