The pear is one of my favorite fruits. They are high in fiber; fibers from fruit are linked to preventing breast cancer. They are also high in vitamins A, C, K, B2 and B3. They are the perfect food for nursing and expecting mothers to eat because they are also high in folate.
Other health benefits of the pear include being a source of essential minerals such as potassium, copper and calcium. Another amazing quality pears have is the fact that they contain hydroxycinnamic acid, which has been shown to prevent stomach and lung cancer. That is something to pay attention to, especially if you have Celiac disease. As you know, those with celiac disease have higher risks of cancer. Eating pears should be a part of your diet. It keeps you regular, gives you the vitamins and minerals you need, and helps keep cancer at bay. I love pears!
If you want a fun way to introduce more pears into your diet, here is a recipe for a vanilla poached pear. This is a popular dish for the holidays, but who says you can’t enjoy it year round? There are many variations to the recipe; here is one of my favorites. The vanilla and pear flavor compliment each other so well; they dance on the palate!
- 4 pears, peeled and halved
- 1 cup white wine
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 strips of grapefruit zest
- 1 split vanilla bean
- Place pear halves in a shallow, microwave-safe dish
- Add white wine, sugar, zest and vanilla bean
- Cover with plastic wrap
- Place in microwave for about 10 minutes
- Serve the pears with whipped cream or vanilla syrup if desired
Enjoy! It’s the perfect summer dessert to serve your friends and family.