With its cold weather and holiday gatherings, December is the perfect time to celebrate the state fruit of Oregon: the pear. Pears are versatile and healthy so you can use them in a variety of ways to make your holiday meals more nutritious as a snack out of hand, chopped pears in a salad or a poached pear dessert, to name a few examples. Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. Plus, they’re sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free—not to mention delicious!
The nutritional benefits, versatility and popularity of pears reminds me of two more favorite foods: peanuts and peanut butter.