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Can you recall the first time you ever tasted a pear? Well, I tried to and, closing my eyes to help concentrate, the only memories that appeared were those of my mother opening tins of canned pears.
Plopping a pear half in a shallow bowl, she’d always splash it with some of the syrup it was packed in.
Digging into it with my child-sized spoon, I can recall how its sweet and unique flavor instantly delighted me, but it’s rough-as-sandpaper texture felt a little odd to my tongue.
Born at the beginning of the 1960’s, fresh pears were not as readily available as they are today, and if they were, likely far too pricey for my parents with seven kids to afford.
In all, I find it interesting how much our first experience with a food can shape our minds, sometimes permanently, if we let it. Fortunately, my love of the unique, sweet flavor of pears beat out my dislike of its fibrous texture because pears do offer our bodies unique health benefits that we’d be fools to ignore!
Pears are among the most versatile fall and wintertime fruits, most especially because of all the unique flavors and textures each variety offers, which now include well over 3000 varieties growing around the world.
Cultivated in China as early as 1134 B.C., pears did not put down any roots in American soil until 1620, when they planted by the Massachusetts Bay colony.
Offering us fair amounts of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, boron,...
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