All About Pears!

All About Pears for National Pear Month

November is National Pear Month. Pears are in season in the fall in Virginia. There are two main types of pears- European pears, the iconic hourglass shaped green, yellow, or red pears, and Asian pears, which look more like apples with yellow-brownish skins. No matter what variety you try, perfectly ripe pears are delicious!

Pear Nutrition Facts

All About Pears from VA Family Nutrition Program



Pears are an excellent source of fiber, which helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. They are also a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Pears provide other important nutrients, including potassium to help to maintain healthy blood pressure, copper, and Vitamin K.

Pears in Virginia

Pears are related to apples, which are a big crop in Virginia. However, not many orchards in Virginia grow European pears because they are susceptible to blight in our humid weather. Asian pears are more common in Virginia. Have you seen any local pears (European or Asian) at a farmers market in your community?

All about Pears from VA Family Nutrition Program


Eating Smart with Pears

One of my family’s favorite desserts growing up was canned pears with shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. I know it sounds weird (and that was probably half of the reason I liked it so much), but it tastes really good!

If that’s a little outside your taste preferences, check out these 10 Ways to Enjoy Pears and these pear recipes from USDA’s Mixing Bowl,, and USA Pears.

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