Children—The 411 on Pears!!!
By Dorit author of Celebrating Our Raw Nature
The recipes here have been created for you and only you. This is your own personal chapter in this book. Please feel free to make any scratches, scribbles, or notes in these pages and alter the recipes when you so desire.
What do you know about pears? Please draw a pear. Pears have a very specific shape, don’t they? Here is some information about pears just for you. I encourage you to draw and color them using the information that follows:
There are many kinds of pears. We call that variety. Each variety of pears has a different character, texture, and flavor. Did you know that most pears are European in origin? That is why their names are so European. I have spelled out the pronunciation in parentheses:
- Anjou (On-ju) — These pears are almost egg shaped and are often green or red. This variety is thin-skinned, very juicy, and has a sweet and spicy flavor. They remain the same color as they ripen.
- Bartlett (Bart-let) — These are probably the best-known variety of pear today. They are very sweet and juicy. They are bell shaped and are usually green or red. As Bartletts ripen, their skin brightens in color and takes on a yellow tint.
- Bosc (Bohsk) — It is easy for you to spot these. They can be easily identified by their symmetrical bodies. The Bosc pear has a long, tapering neck, and the color is brown like cinnamon. They are very aromatic, and when they are ripe, the flesh is tender and sweet. Remember, that Bosc, like most pears do not change color as they ripen.
- Comice (Co-meece) — These have a chubby shape, with a short neck and stem. They are one of the sweetest and juiciest varieties of pears, and they tend to be greenish-yellow, sometimes with a reddish blush. Comice pears have almost no change in color as they ripen.
- Forelle (For-ell) — These are usually bell shaped, and are small to medium sized.
- Seckel (Seck’l) — In the USA these are the smallest of all the varieties. They are aromatic with a sweet and spicy flavor. They are elliptical and either dark maroon or olive green with a maroon blush.
Now that you have drawn and colored some varieties of pears,
here is some other information for you to know:
- Pears are one of the most unique fruits that ripen best off the tree.
- To ripen pears, place them in a warm place outside of the refrigerator in a fruit bowl or paper bag and remember to go back and check on them daily to judge their degree of ripeness. Also, remember that pears, other than Bartletts, do not dramatically change color as they ripen.
- Did you know that pears ripen from the inside out? They do. So check the neck or near the neck for ripeness. By the time a pear is soft in the middle, it might be over ripe.
- Use the thumb test: press gently with your thumb near the stem end of the pear. When it gives slightly, the pear is ripe. Once ripe, if you are not going to eat them soon, then you may put them in the refrigerator. You can usually store them for 2-3 days.