• Dr Meltzer

Pear: The Peace-Bearing Fruit

Notable Personality Factors:

Calm, cool, and collected: Pears are a peace-bearing fruit. The Bosc, Anjou, and Bartlett all bestow a soothing sense of serenity — to your nerves, your mood, and your digestive organs. The pear originated in the Mideast, but is now grown in both North America and Europe. While its distinguishing personality trait is a comforting effect on the mind & the body, it delivers all kinds of nutritional and therapeutic benefits.

...its distinguishing personality trait is a comforting effect on the mind & the body, it delivers all kinds of nutritional and therapeutic benefits.

Therapeutic & Healing Powers:***

Pears are packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber — two important nutrients for maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. The pear’s water-soluble fiber is good for the heart, fights off atherosclerosis, and lowers LDL cholesterol. Meanwhile, the high content of insoluble fiber makes pears a useful nutritional tool to treat constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and spastic colon — with the added benefit of binding to toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in the digestive track and reducing your risk for various types of cancers.

In addition to these important nutritional benefits, the pear’s most significant therapeutic value may be the healing effect that it has on digestive organs. Pureed like applesauce, pears aid in the treatment of digestive disorders, esophagitis, hiatal hernia, and acid indigestion. Because they help stimulate peristalsis throughout the digestive track, pears are excellent for maintaining digestive hygiene when intestinal sluggishness or constipation is a problem.

As a highly alkaline fruit, pears promote healthy stomach function, combat liver stress, and can reduce inflammation in the body. It’s also important to note that pears are helpful in clearing up acne and other complexion problems, and pear juice can work as a diuretic to reduce water retention.

Nutrient Value:

As mentioned above, pears are a great source of fiber. They are also rich in minerals such as copper and potassium, are a good source of vitamin C, and are a respectable source of B-complex vitamins such as folate, riboflavin, and pyridoxine.

Selection and Care:

Evaluate pears the same way you do avocados: The flesh should yield ever so slightly to pressure. Unlike other fruits, pears can be picked when slightly green and allowed to ripen in a cool, dry, dark storage place. At full maturity, the center of the pear will be coarse-grained and gritty. For immediate consumption, choose perfect, unbruised specimens–soft, but not mushy. Pears are ripe when they are full-colored: Bosc pears turn from green to brown, Bartlett from green to yellow.

Optimal Use and Combining:

Like all fruits, to maximize nutritional and therapeutic value, pears are best consumed when they are fresh, whole, and raw. It’s also important to note how to combine pears with other foods to maximize taste and nutrient assimilation by the body. With that in mind, pears mix well with papayas and bananas, and also combine well with apples. They do not pair as well with citrus or melons. Finally, they can also add a sweet, juicy crunch on top of seven-grain toast with peanut butter or almond butter.

***This article is not intended to treat or diagnose any type of health condition or disease. Any nutritional considerations for any health complication should be discussed with your physician or healthcare provider.