Pears are available nearly year-round. Starting in August with Bartletts, and ending up in early summer with Anjous. Pear varieties of one kind or another are available nearly year round.
Pears are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, E1, copper and potassium.
Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits, and pear juice is therefore sometimes used as the first juice introduced to infants, but juice for infants is not recommended by some pediatricians. Pears are low in salicylates and benzoates and are therefore recommended in exclusion diets for allergy sufferers. Along with lamb and rice, pears may form part of the strictest exclusion diet for allergy sufferers although allergies to these foods are possible.
Pears can be useful in treating inflammation of mucous membranes, colitis, chronic gallbladder disorders, arthritis, and gout. Pears can also be beneficial in lowering high blood pressure, controlling blood cholesterol levels, and increasing urine acidity.
They are good for the lungs and the stomach.
Most of the fiber is insoluble, making pears a good laxative. The gritty fiber content may cut down on the number of cancerous colon polyps. Most of the vitamin C, as well as the dietary fiber, are contained within the skin of the fruit.