Wednesday, 13 May 2015
THE PERFECT PEAR
In season through winter this juicy and sweet fruit comes in a variety of colors and textures. This fragrant fruit is a member of the rose family and is a great source of copper and vitamin C, which can help protect our bodies from free radical damage. To enjoy the full antioxidant benefits of pears, it is best to eat them ripe. How to tell if it is ripe? Check the neck! Gently press your thumb against the neck. If it yields to slight pressure, it should be ready to eat. Pears are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which has been shown to promote colon and cardiovascular health. In Chinese Medicine pears moisten the lungs, therefore they are recommended in dry Autumn weather and to counteract dryness from air-conditioning and heating in Winter. If you or a loved one has a dry cough I recommended you eat pears. Cook/stew your pears for breakfast or dessert. Cold food is not recommended so always have them warm. Try cooking your pears in water sweetened with honey or stevia and flavoured with Earl Grey tea. For dessert steam pear halves and have a little melted dark chocolate on top.
Mouthwatering Meal: Add a chopped cooked pear to a warm bowl of quinoa, sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds, and drizzle with honey.