P is for pear. Pear comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures and are a nutritious and conveniently packaged food source packed with fibre and vitamins. They are vibrant, deliciously sweet and make a great fruit salad or lunchbox addition- perfect for little hands and brilliant for little ones on the go. Their subtle taste make them a highly recommended first food for babies transitioning to solids… either steamed and pureed or cut up into little pieces for finger food.
DID YOU KNOW?
- They are most nutritious when eaten washed, fresh and raw.
- There are over 3000 varieties of pear grown around the world… wow!
- In ancient Greece, pears were used as a natural nausea remedy.
- Pears are often recommended for weaning babies because of their low acidity and therefore gentle on the digestive system. They are also considered the least allergenic fruit around.
- Pears are actually part of the rose family… same as peaches and nectarines!
WHY ARE PEARS SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- Pears are rich sources of fiber, which goes a long way to preventing bloating and constipation. The high fiber is great for colon health and lowering cholesterol and protecting against certain cancers.
2-Pears also contain boron, which our bodies need in order to retain calcium. This means that pears are great for bone health and preventing osteoporosis.
3- Despite tasting sweet, they have a low GI index, meaning they don’t raise blood sugar levels quickly.
4- Quercetin is an antioxidant found in pear skin, which is good for cancer prevention and lowering blood pressure. A good reason to eat pears with the skin on!
5- Pear also contains phytonutrients which have been found to reduce stomach cancer.
P is for pear. Below we have a fun pear fruit craft idea on how to make “Prickly Pear Porcupines” as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly pear recipe idea … for gluten-free and dairy-free pear, coconut and cinnamon muffins! They are fun ways to celebrate pears, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they’re so good for us and important in our diets!