Pears are delicious fruits that are often used in desserts. They’re also known for being juicy and sweet. However, pears aren’t always smooth and soft. In fact, they can sometimes be gritty and hard. They are mostly found in late summer and early autumn when the weather is warm enough to ripen them on trees.
They are similar to apples but have a different shape. The skin of a pear has many small bumps called lenticels which help it absorb water from rain or dew. If you buy your pears at an organic grocery store, make sure to wash them well before eating because some pesticides may remain on their skins. You should eat only fresh pears as soon as possible after buying them.
The reason why pears are so grittily is due to the presence of stone cells that are also known as sclereids. These cells shield the fruit from damage by insects such as ants and beetles making flesh tougher. When these pests bite into the fruit, they release enzymes that dissolve the cell walls around the seeds inside the fruit. This permits the seed to germinate and grow. As long as there are no more insect attacks, the plant will continue growing until it reaches maturity. Once this happens, the plant begins producing flowers and eventually becomes ripe.
No! Although pears do not require any special treatment while ripening, they must still be picked carefully. It takes about two weeks for a pear to fully mature. During this time, its color changes from greenish-yellow to orangey red. After picking, place the pears in a cool dry area where air circulation is good. Do not refrigerate them immediately since cold temperatures slow down the process of ripening.
Pears are sweet due to extra doses of sugar present in them. Unlike other types of fruits, pears contain high levels of fructose instead of glucose. Fructose is sweeter than glucose and helps increase sweetness in foods. Since pears are usually eaten raw, most people don’t notice how much sugar they consume. But if you cook them with heat, then the sugars break down and become less concentrated. For example, cooking reduces the amount of fructose in cooked carrots by half.
The reason for their juiciness is sweetness, because pears contain lots of natural sugars, they tend to get very wet during harvesting season. Sugar attracts water molecules and makes them stick together forming tiny droplets. Because of this, pears are extremely juicy even though they are quite firm. To prevent moisture loss, cut off the stem end of each pear and remove the leaves. Then put them in a bowl filled with ice cubes. Let them sit overnight. Next day, drain out excess liquid using paper towels.
Juicy pears are made up of lots of tiny pores that allow excess moisture to escape through the surface of the fruit. Water molecules move easily between the liquid part of the fruit and the surrounding atmosphere. Because of this, pears tend to stay moist even though they are stored away from direct sunlight.
By storing them properly, you can ensure that they reach full ripeness quickly. First, choose pears that feel heavy for their size. Avoid those that look bruised or discolored. Also avoid ones that show signs of mold growth. Place them in a plastic bag and keep them in a dark cupboard. Make sure to check every few days to see whether they need to be moved to another location. Keep checking again once a week. Don’t forget to turn over the bags occasionally. Add more oxygen to your home environment by placing an apple peel under the door knob. The smell of apples has been proven to make other fruits ripen.
When pears begin to soften, it means that they have reached peak ripeness. At this point, they may lose some of their crunchiness but they won’t spoil. If you want to preserve their texture, store them in the refrigerator. Unripe pears will continue to ripen after being removed from storage. They’ll also last longer as long as they’re kept at room temperature. However, ripe pears will only last one to three days before turning mushy.
Yes, although unripe pears aren’t recommended for consumption. You could try eating them like grapes which are known to improve digestion. Or you could use them to flavor desserts such as pies and cakes.
Are there any health benefits associated with consuming pears?
Yes! Eating pears regularly provides many nutritional advantages including:
• A good source of fiber
• High in vitamin C, potassium, folate, magnesium.
• Contains antioxidants called polyphenols that help protect against cancerous cells.
• May lower cholesterol levels.
You can replace pears with other types of fruits if you don’t enjoy their taste. Apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, mangoes, melons, bananas, papayas, pineapple, figs, dates, raisins, prunes, persimmons, etc.
Pears are delicious and nutritious foods. It’s important to know how to prepare them so that we can reap all the benefits they offer us. I must suggest eating it ripe because it is very healthy food. But if you prefer cooked then boil it first and add butter on top in case of unripe pears. This way you get both the nutrients and the taste. So next time when you buy pears just remember these tips and enjoy its goodness.