An Asian Pear Epiphany by Grace Nottingham

 

Asian Pears: The Hypoallergenic Fruit

Did you now that pears are the only fruit allowed on elimination diets used to test allergy sufferers¹?

  • Antioxidant quercetin is present in the skin, similar to apples. Quercetin helps prevent cancer and heart disease, and can also act as an anti-inflammatory.
  • The flesh contains a potentially anti-cancer phytonutrient called cinnamic acid (seen below).
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  • Pears are a good source of fiber, each containing 4 grams or 22% of your RDI.
  • They are also a good fruit source for those who are diabetic, due to their low GI of 38. This allows a slow increase in blood sugar when consuming them. They have recently received a lot of recognition for their cancer fighting flavenoids.
  • When the pulp is taken out of pear juice, it loses 40% of its nutrients, so make sure to save the pulp!

    Macronutrients

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Micronutrients

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What to Look For
  • Asian pears will always be firm and crunchy until they are overripe, so it’s best to tell ripeness on the smell. They are best ripened on the tree, as opposed to their European counterpart.
  • Some Asian pears succumb to internal browning during storage, and the insides become mushy and brown. The varieties most susceptible to this are Daisui Li, Olympic, Serui, Shin Li, Shinko, Tsu Li, and Ya Li
  • Asian pears can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks, and up to six months in commercial storage.
  • Some of the sweeter varieties include Ichiban nashi, NijisseikiKosui, and Shinseiki.

Asian pears growing


Preparation

While you can peel the skin off, it is best to simply wash the fruit and eat it with the skin on due to the many beneficial nutrients stored there. But, if you don’t find it too great by itself, try the recipe below.

Asian Pear Maple Crisp 

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 large Asian pears
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs water
  • Crisp:
  • 1 1/2 cup of oats
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of melted Country Crock
  • 2 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbs finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Core and chop the Asian pears. Combine the chopped Asian pears, sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans in a bowl and mix until everything is evenly distributed. Transfer the pears into a greased 9-inch round or an 8×8 casserole dish. Pour the water over the pears, that will keep more moisture in the dish.
  3. In the bowl, combine the ingredients for the crisp and mix very well, until all incorporated. Spread the crisp over the pears, evenly.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

    Bibliography:

  • ¹Ad/Health Claim source: http://www.foodchannel.com/articles/article/the-benefits-of-pears/#ixzz3GPPooGH2
  • Photo 1: http://layoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/pears.jpg
  • Cinnamic acid photo:  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/Zimts%C3%A4ure_-_Cinnamic_acid.svg/270px-Zimts%C3%A4ure_-_Cinnamic_acid.svg.png
  • Macronutrients/Micronutrients: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2074/2#
  • What to look for : http://www.cooksinfo.com/asian-pears, http://www.hartmannursery.com/AsianPr.htm
  • Growing pears photo: http://www.2020site.org/trees/img/SlideshowAsianPear.jpg
  • Preparation:http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/2013/09/asian-pear-maple-crisp.html

11 thoughts on “An Asian Pear Epiphany by Grace Nottingham”

  1. I love pears! I did not know that they were a hypoallergenic fruit however, this is useful to me because I need a lot of anti-inflammatory foods in my diet because I have really bad allergies. I am definitely going to try the pear crisp that looks delicious and nutritious!!!

  2. Wow, the fact Asian Pear’s have the potential to combat cancer and heart disease, AND serve as a good fruit source for diabetics, is impressive in itself. If they have these hidden benefits, I wonder why more people aren’t eating them… Do you think that although they are good for one’s health, they just aren’t up to snuff in comparison to other fruits?

  3. Hey!

    I also have not tried Asian pears before . It is interesting to now know that pears are the only fruit allowed on elimination diets to test allergy sufferers. I loved all the great health benefits you included:)

  4. Your blog on Asia Pears was very imformative to read. Is it only specifically the Asian Pear that is hypoallergenic?

  5. That’s interesting that it acts as an anti-inflammatory and how its important to not leave out the pulp. This recipe looks very delicious I might actually try it out. Great information.

  6. I really enjoyed reading your blog! What specifically about asian pears helps in fighting cancer? The maple crisp looked so delicious that I must try it for myself.

  7. Wow, I hadn’t even been aware that there was such a thing a hypoallergenic food. Pretty cool, I will definitely be recommending pears to my cousin who has a lot of food sensitivity. The information that you included about selecting pears–how to recognize the characteristics of a ripe asian pear–were very interesting and helpful, I always struggle with that when I shop.
    I’ve always wondered why Asian pears and European pears are so different. Asian pears in many ways seem more similar to apples than they do to their counterparts, in shape and texture, do you know why this is?

  8. I think your blog is very insightful, and appealing to the eye. I did not realize that there was a pear that looked like an apple, I always thought that they were that one certain shape. Before this assignment I did not realize all of the health benefits associated with fruits.

  9. I liked that your blog on asian pears had some great facts in it, I never knew it was a hypoallergenic fruit. I think I will try them next time I go grocery shopping.

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