Originating in the Middle East and Asia, pears can today be found in more than 3,000 varieties. Pears are the fifth-most produced fruit in the world. They have long been popular throughout the world, even featuring as a prime fruit in the gardens – and dinner tables – of Versailles.
A delicious addition to pies, bakes, salads and even as an accompaniment to cheeses, pears are widely consumed fresh, dried, in juices or canned. The trees usually do well in temperate climates, but are grown across the world – from Canada, to China, and to the USA and Russia.
Pears are often recommended for weaning babies, as they are low in acid and are thought not to be too harsh on a baby’s digestive system. Containing potassium, antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A, dietary fibre and B-complex vitamins, pears have many health benefits. The fibre content helps improve digestion, while its antioxidants rid the body of free radicals. The Vitamin C content in pears also helps boost immunity.