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The pear is native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of the Old World, from western Europe and north Africa east right across Asia. It is a medium-sized tree, reaching 10–17 meters (33–56 ft) tall, often with a tall, narrow crown; a few species are shrubby (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Tingling, itching or tenderness may constitute the first signs of pear allergies. Itching may begin in the mouth, lips and throat, or in the fingers after handling pears. As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) relates, once allergens are ingested, food allergy symptoms develop along the digestive tract. Itching can start on contact and progress as allergens travel through the bloodstream and digestive organs (Clarke, 2010).

Common Uses:

Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. The juice can also be used in jellies and jams, usually in combination with other fruits or berries. Fermented pear juice is called perry or pear cider. Pears ripen at room temperature. They will ripen faster if placed next to bananas in a fruit bowl (Wikipedia, nd).

 1 medium (178 g)

Calories 102
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 206 mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9%
Dietary fiber 6 g 24%
Sugar 17 g
Protein 0.6 g 1%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 3%

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