Pears galore

In the Odyssey, the Greek poet Homer described pears as a “gift of the Gods”. He was perhaps not wrong; these juicy fruits also have a crunchy texture and sweet taste that make them a divine addition to your diet.

There are around 5,000 varieties of pears that are cultivated across the globe. However, only two species of pears are grown commercially – the European pears or the Pyrus Communis, and crispy Asian pears or Pyrus Pyrifolia.

Health benefits of pears

Pears contain essential antioxidants, and also come packed with vitamins C and K, potassium and copper. Pears reduce the risk of diabetes by regulating our blood sugar levels and are good for our overall health.

These super-fruits contain certain compounds – anthocyanin and cinnamic acid – that have anti-cancer properties. They also have flavonoid antioxidants that improve our immunity.

Sourcing of pears

Pears are grown in subtropical and temperate regions. This medium-sized tree is grown in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh in India. China is the leading producer of pears in the world with around 16.5 million tonnes. Argentina is the second largest producer with 930,340 tonnes, followed by Italy with 772,577 tonnes and the United States with 677,891 tonnes. The Netherlands, Belgium, and South Africa are the other major producers and exporters of pears.

Indonesia, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France are the top importers of pears.

Recipes

Check out this appetizing dish made with pears that will leave you wanting more.

Saucy spiced pears

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 large pears peeled and sliced
  • Thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

Method

  1. Peel and slice the pears and keep them aside.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar, along with orange juice, lemon juice, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla extract to the bowl before cooking the mixture over medium heat for two minutes till the butter melts.
  3. Keep stirring to avoid the ingredients sticking to the base of the bowl.
  4. Add the sliced pears, and let the mixture boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and cook for 3-4 minutes till the sauce is slightly thick and the pears are crisp.
  6. Take it off the stove and let it cool. Garnish the mixture with mint leaves.
  7. Have these delectable saucy spiced pears with a slice of cake and finish it off with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Why L’exotique?

Do you wish to lay your hands on premium quality pears? If yes, then L’exotique is the brand for you. Here’s why L’exotique is the best.

  • Premium quality: L’exotique provides premium quality, imported, hand-picked fruits which are sourced directly from the finest orchards across the globe.
  • Excellent supply chain management: We are one of the top importers in India, sourcing fruits from 5 continents and 10 countries spanning both hemispheres, and supplying to 50 cities across India.
  • Customer satisfaction: Customers are our top priority, and we believe in giving the best to our customers to keep them happy.

When you buy fruits from L’exotique, we guarantee quality, hygiene, and freshness. Our quality-assured farm-fresh exotic fruits go through in-depth standardized checks before they reach you. Our brand is built on quality and trust.

FAQs

  • How long can we keep pears in the fridge?

Once the pears are ripe, you can keep them in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Unripe pears can be kept for 7-10 days. However, unripe pears when kept in the refrigerator may not ripen properly.

  • What are the different ways of consuming pears?

Pears can be consumed by way of salads or even as a whole fruit. You can also bake, poach, sauté, roast, and grill pears. They can also be converted into jams, preserves, or even chutneys.

  • How do I know whether the pears are ripe?

The best way to check the ripeness of the pear is by examining the neck. Gently press the portion near the stem with your thumb. If it gives in to gentle pressure, it indicates that the pear is ripe and ready to eat. If you find it soft in the middle, then it is overripe.
 

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