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Fall’s PEAR-fect Pears

Jewel Osco Registered Dietitians

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Oct 3rd, 2017

Pear season is here. The majority of Stemilt pears are harvested in Washington State between August and October. Pears pack on the nutrition; most of the nutrients are found in the skin of pears! A medium-sized pear has 6 grams of fiber which is considered an excellent source. Fiber is heart healthy; in fact, the fiber in pears may help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol. Pears also contain vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Whether enjoyed alone as a snack, or in a savory or sweet dish, the possibility with pears is endless. This fall season, look for Stemilt’s Lil’ Snappers® Pear varietities below available at your Jewel-Osco.

Barlett

The Bartlett pear also known as the bell shaped pear has a juicy, buttery classic pear flavor. This pear is known as the best pear for canning, but also goes great in salads, baking, paired with cheese, or in sauces.  Bartlett pears will turn from a pale green to yellow when ripened. The Pear-Pecan Oatmeal recipe below is a great recipe featuring fall flavors that would warm up any brisk day.

                         

Red Pears

These crimson red pears are juicy, sweet pears with a floral undertone. These pears will brighten as they ripen. Red pears pair well with strong cheese like blue or goat cheese.  These pears also work great in salads, baking, or simply as a snack.

 

D’Anjou

D’Anjou pears are known for their sweet, citrus flavor. These pears do not change color as they ripen; are usually fully ripe 1-2 days after purchased. These pears work great in salads, poached, baked or paired with cheese.

 

Bosc

This elegant, russet skinned pear has a sweet flavor that also has hints of fall spices. It’s crisp, dense texture makes it one of the best pears for baking pies, crisps, and tarts. This pear also pairs well in salads, sauces, and poaching.

Check out stemilt.com for more ideas and recipes to incorporate pears this fall!

            Samantha Woulfe, MS, RD, LDN

Source: Stemilt.com

Pear-Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal

2 servings

  • 1 Stemilt Bartlett or Red Pear, cored (sliced or diced, as preferred)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin pie mix (not canned pumpkin puree)*
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • pure maple syrup
  • ground cinnamon

Sliced or dice pears, as preferred (peel, if desired). Set aside. Bring water, oats and canned pumpkin pie mix to a boil, stirring intermittently, then reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for approximately 3 additional minutes, until oats are done to taste. To serve, top pumpkin oatmeal with fresh pear, a sprinkle of chopped pecans and ground cinnamon, and a drizzle of almond milk and maple syrup.

* canned pumpkin pie mix is pureed pumpkin that has been sweetened and flavored.

Nutritional facts per serving:

Calories: 358, Total Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 231 mg, Total Carbohydrate: 66 g, Fiber: 13 g, Protein: 8 g

Recipe courtesy of Stemilt.com

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