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National Pear Month Recipes for the Holidays

Posted on Dec 03, 2014 by Maggie LaBarbera

December is National Pear Month so I thought I would share some of my favorite easy to make, kid friendly pear recipes.

Here are some things about pears that you might not have known:

  • eat the skin!  Research has shown that the skin on pears has 3-4 times more phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh. These phytonutrients help fight off inflammation, cancer and provide many other health benefits.  It is also very high in fiber which is good for your digestion and heart.
  • 1 medium pear is only 100 calories and is loaded with :
 fiber          22% daily requirements
 copper      17% daily requirements
 vitamin C  10% daily requirements
 vitamin K  9% daily requirements



Main Course

Nourish Thought for the Day:  

Holiday is about family and what better family time than cooking together! 


Types of Pears:

  • Bartlett: Bartletts are yellow/green and speckled. Most common in the US
  • Bosc: cinnamon brown-skinned pears with long tapered necks with a honey-like but complex flavor
  • Comice: round, short pears with either green and red coloring, or sometimes almost completely red with especially soft and juicy flesh
  • Concorde: tall, skinny, and golden/green pears with flesh that is firmer and more dense than many other varieties
  • Forelle: red/green and speckled 
  • Green Anjou: compact, and short-necked pear. 
  • Red Anjou: very much like its green counterpart, except a rich reddish maroon in color
  • Red Bartlett: very much like its yellow/green counterpart, except with an all-round bright red skin, they sometimes feature light vertical striping, and like Red Anjou, they are rich in anthocyanins
  • Seckel: smallest of the commonly eaten pears, usually yellow/green or olive green in color, and mixed with broad patches of red
  • Starkrimson: bright crimson red color, more narrow-necked that Red Anjou






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