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).
- 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!
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, Nijisseiki, Kosui, and Shinseiki.
Asian pears growing
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
- 3 large Asian pears
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 2 tbs finely chopped pecans
- 2 tbs flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs water
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- 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.
- In the bowl, combine the ingredients for the crisp and mix very well, until all incorporated. Spread the crisp over the pears, evenly.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- 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