Pear Farm Facts

Did you know that pears were recognized by the FDA as one of the most popular 20 fruits? Take a look at some fun facts and recipes about the American-grown fall fruit:

  • The United States is the 3rd largest producer of pears in the world, with the top producing states being Oregon and Washington.
  • Pear harvest of U.S. varieties begins in August and continues through October.
  • Every U.S. pear is picked by hand.
  • About 33% of the country’s pear crop is exported overseas each season.
  • There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world.
  • Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen on the tree. They are picked when they are fully mature, but not yet ripe.
  • Do not refrigerate an unripe pear – they are meant to ripen at room temperature.
  • Pears are an excellent source of fiber, a good source of vitamin C and only 100 calories per serving.

If all that pear talk made you hungry for the sweet, juicy fruit, try one of these pear recipes to satisfy your craving:

Caramelized Pear Tarts

Arugula and Pear Salad with Pine Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese

Pear-Cranberry Chutney

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip with Apples and Pears

Eclectic Salad with Pears and Maple Ginger Walnuts

Pear-Carrot-Cranberry Muffins

Pear, Gorgonzola and Walnut Pizza

Bartlett Pear Quesadillas

Pear Parsnip Soup


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