Health Benefits of a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Green anjou is just one of the many varieties of pears.

If your true love gives you a partridge in a pear tree, then give your true love a kiss. Your pear tree is providing you a fruit low in calories, high in fiber and full of vitamin C. A medium pear is about 100 calories and has 6 grams of fiber, about one-fifth to one-quarter of your fiber needs in just ONE pear.

Pears ripen better after picking, and sometimes still need ripening after you buy them. Hard, unripened pears don’t taste as good as a ripe one, so have patience.

With over 10 varieties of pears, just grown in the US, eat a different pear every day of the week! That’s a lot of pear trees!

Serving and Eating Pears:

A perfect accompaniment to pears is a small piece of cheese (about 1 ounce) to give you some protein.  

Most people think of pears eaten whole or from the can (in its own juice or light syrup, drained), but they are good in many sweet or savory themed recipes. They are good dessert fruits (poached pears), good on salads (on top of greens with some candied walnuts), as a pizza topping (try it), or any variety of options. You can even serve it with partridge if you are so inclined…(they are in the same family as the pheasant and quail, and you can eat it).

For pear recipes check out these sites:

USA Pears – recipes, wine and cheese “pearings,” and more about how to ripen your pears.

Food Network – pear crisp, pear cider, poached pears and more! Partridge recipes here too! – desserts, salads, main dishes and more. There is a great recipe for Pear Mimosa as today’s featured recipe. includes the periodicals Cooking Light, Southern Living, Health, Sunset, Real Simple and more. To find healthier recipes, choose Cooking Light or Health publications in the left column.

Enjoy your partridge in a pear tree. Don’t forget to wash your pears before you eat them.

I have no affiliation with USA Pears, Food Network, or any of their publications.

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