My Ode to the . . . Pear!

It is Autumn once again.  The air is crispier and the leaves are all changing.  My fruit bowl is filling up again with piles of apples.  And pears too!  

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No, it is not always easy being a . . . pear.  They are in a category all on their own.  They are simply not an apple.  No way, the pear is a sweet, quiet yet sophisticated fruit.  It is not the popular apple everyone knows and loves.  But when it ripens, that pear, to it’s tender, sweet perfection . . . it is a standout that is absolutely incomparable.  Really, it is deliciously delicate!

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Oh, my love of the pear . . . but it wasn’t always so nor true years ago.  No, my love of pears has grown as I have matured.  Becoming wiser and more refined . . . maybe?  I often think of the pear as the apple’s more sophisticated cousin.  An apple is the iconic lunchbox fruit from everyone’s youth.  Mostly good and sometimes not so good, but nonetheless, the apple seemed to always make a lunchtime appearance.  We all seemed to know “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” and continued to keep eating them. It is a good thing . . . an apple.  An apple is more consistent, right?

A pear is more delicate.  Have you ever bitten into a hard pear? Yuck, it is more than unpalatable.  But a mushy, mealy pear . . . even worse.  It’s a disaster in your mouth.  But the perfect pear . . . now that is the only way to eat a pear.  That is the difficulty with the pear’s very nature . . . but it wouldn’t be a pear if it wasn’t so particular.  Patience . . . yes, it is required when dealing with pears.  So they sit in the fruit bowl . . . until ripe.  And once ripened, they must be eaten.  Quickly, all of them.  Now, that is a delicious day!

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Oh, my love of the pear . . . it’s skin has thinned, the first bite releases a drip of juice that flows down my arm, it’s flesh is firm yet silky.  Yes, it is that good.  No, actually, it is even better!  And then, the pears are all gone from the fruit bowl.  But in the meantime, there are always apples to be eaten . . . until the pears once again ripen to perfection.

There are many varieties of pears, but the one thing they all have in common is super nutritional benefits.  Pears are a source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  They are known to decrease one’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease considering they are a very good source of dietary fiber.  Pears have been shown to reduce one’s risk of cancer including stomach, colorectal and esophageal cancers.  Considered a “hypoallergenic” food, they are easy to digest, have a low acidic nature, safe for individuals following a low-allergy diet and thought to be one of the first foods to introduce to babies.

I will say it again . . . Oh, my love of the pear!  Fill up your fruit bowl with some . . . and wait.

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To not always being popular but with patience becoming perfect . . . one pear at a time!  Hugs, M.

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