August's Harvest of the Month is Pears
Reasons to Eat Pears
- Excellent source of Vitamin C. This vitamin helps the body heal cuts and wounds and lower the risk of infection
- High in Fiber. Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.
- Red Bartlett
- Green Anjou
- Red Anjou
Selection & Storage
- Look for smooth, bright, and colorful pears with no bruises or damage.
- To keep sliced pears from turning brown, dip them into a mixture of one tablespoon 100% apple juice and one cup water.
Here’s what you need to do to ripen your pears:
- Pears need to ripen at room temperature, so don’t refrigerate an unripe pear!
- Test for ripeness by pressing gently near the stem. If it feels soft, it is ready to eat.
- To ripen a pear, place on countertop, in a bowl, or in a paper bag. If placed near apples, or bananas pears will ripen faster.
- Enjoy a whole pear for an afternoon snack
- Pear Roll-Ups: Place pears, turkey, tomatoes, and lettuce in a tortilla, and roll up for a quick or on-the-go lunch!
- Bake pears in oven and add cinnamon for a sweet dessert.
- Peel and dice pears for a refreshing summer salsa or add to any green salad.
- Pear French Fries: slice firm pears into french fry shapes. Serve these healthy treats raw with peanut butter
Where to find in New York State
August is a great time to buy local New York State Pears. Visit our Food Near You page to find a farm market where your SNAP card is welcomed.
Attend a Harvest of the Month Workshop near you!
If you or someone you know would be interested in bringing an educator to your school, agency or organization contact North Country Eat Smart NY at 1-844-3MY-ESNY. See our Harvest of the Month Community Newsletter for details
*Adapted from California Harvest of the Month