Hindi Name: नाशपाती
Belonging to the member of rose family, pear is a fruit that is juicy and can have a mildly acidic to sweet taste. It typically has a rounded body that tapers into a neck. Pears are available in different forms: fresh, dried, canned or in the form of juice. The fruit is available in variety of colors from green to brown. They are used majorly in desserts and are a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.
Pear is often called as pear apple though they slightly differ with each other. The major difference is the shape of pear apple. It is completely round with no neck structure. Pears tend to perish as soon as they turn ripe therefore the ones available in the market are slightly unripe. Leave them at room temperature for them to ripen. If you do not have to consume them once ripe the refrigerate them.
Types and Usage
There are 3000 known varieties of pears but the ones you would commonly come across are-
Anjous that are firm and mild flavoured pears.
Bartletss that are very juicy.
Bosc that are crisp and sweet.
Asian pears that have a very mild flavor.
Comice pears that are less grainy.
French butter pears.
Seekel pears that are mostly eaten raw when completely ripe.
Pears are consumed raw, canned in the form of a fruit or juice. Pear juice is also used in making jellies and jams. They are also used in desserts, pies and puddings. Pears are great for salads too.
The dietary fiber content reduces the risk of cancers. Pears also contain antioxidant properties that help control blood pressure. The high folate content is good for women during pregnancy. Compared to other fruits, pears have lesser allergic chances on humans. The skin of the fruit contains fiber that cures constipation.
Did you know?
Pears are given the nickname "butter fruit" for their soft, buttery texture.
The Chinese considered pear as a sign of immortality.