By Karen Schwartzman
The age-old dilemma of delicious vs. nutritious may just find a solution in a simple pear. Packed with all kinds of nutrients and a tart yet sweet taste, pears offer a surprisingly simple way to stay healthy and keep your taste buds happy.
Pears, as with other fruits, are natural combatants against chronic illnesses and an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamin C, a proven antioxidant. And though there are more than 3,000 known varieties, only a few are specially grown and cultivated here, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the perfect pear for you.
One of the best parts about pears is the seemingly endless ways in which they can be cooked. While raw is always an option, the fruit can be baked, poached or even fried.
We’ve put together a few of our favorite pear recipes to help you take full advantage of this versatile fruit. The first is a simple Pear-Cranberry Chutney, which can be used to top an entree such as roasted pork or oven-baked fish. You can also use this fruity relish as a sandwich spread, a dipping sauce on a cheese plate or even to wake up your chicken salad.
The refreshing Arugula and Pear Salad is simple and satisfying, but pine nut-crusted goat cheese adds a little kick to the dish.
Next up is French Green Bean Salad With Pears and Parmesan. The fresh fruit and vegetable combination is paired with a variety of fresh herbs, making it easy to stay healthy without sacrificing flavor. The prep work may take a little time, but the end result is well worth it.
End the meal on a high note with Caramelized Pear Tarts. The surprisingly simple treat, calling for store-bought puff pastry dough but homemade whipped cream, showcases the pear in full fashion and is sure to leave your sweet tooth satisfied.
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