Has everything gone pear-shaped? As if!
1. Practical Neighbours
Like apples, pears produce a lot of ethane, which means they ripen fast. If you have avocados or kiwis at home that are not quite ripe, put them next to your pears and they will ripen faster too.
2. Easy on your baby’s stomach
Pears contain far less fruit acid than apples but just as much sugar. They are therefore especially sweet and very easy on sensitive stomachs, which means that babies can eat themtoo. They are also the ideal snack if you’re trying to loose weight because they have a high content of dietary fibres, which means they fill you up quickly and promote digestion. Cooked pears are the ideal light diet.
3. Fridge or room temperature?
It’s better to buy pears when they are not too ripe. They should give only a little when pressed with a finger and they should not be too light in colour. If you don’t want to eat them straight away put them in the fridge and take them out 1-2 days before you plan to consume them so that they can ripen.
4. Pears make you happy
Pears contain folic acid, which is necessary for the production of serotonin, the happiness hormone. The high iron content of pears guards against anaemia. Pears are also high in vitamins and minerals, such as phosphor, which is good for your nerves. They also contain potassium, which is draining and helps to secret heavy metals and toxins that can be tied to the fruit.
5. Going pear-shaped
It’s a feast for the eyes to see the pompous pear in all its glory, with its beautiful curves and smooth skin. (Ripen under plastic for best results.) Perhaps we need to rethink the idiom: it’s all gone pear-shaped!