• Nova Scotia pears are juicy, sweet and abundant. They are readily available from August and well into late fall.
• There are hundreds of varieties of pears. However, the ones most commonly grown in Nova Scotia are the Bartlett and the Clapp pear.
Storage, Preparation and Cooking Tips
• Pears bruise very easily, so handle them with care.
• Purchase firm pears and allow them to ripen for a few days at room temperature. Once ripe, they can be placed in the fridge between 0-4°C.
• You will know they are ripe when the pear yields to gentle pressure applied to stem end.
• Remember to wash the pears before eating or cooking.
• Leaving the skin on the pear will provide a good source of fibre.
• Pears can be enjoyed fresh, in salads, baked in the oven or added to a favourite recipe.