Pear

“A gift of Greek Gods”

The pear is one of the most delicious fruits cultivated in the Greek land, and its important nutritional benefits, make it a strong “ally” of our good health. Flavorful and juicy, it is a regular in almost every Greek kitchen and it is consumed either fresh- an all-time kids’ favorite – or as compote, jam etc.

pearPears are rich in fiber and antioxidants and poor in calories. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin. They are also rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium, and in smaller quantities they contain calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, sodium and sulfur.

Pears originate from the territories around the Caspian Sea and they’ve been consumed in Greece since ancient times. It’s worth mentioning that Homer described them as a “gift of the gods”. Today pears are systematically cultivated mainly in Macedonia, the Peloponnese, in Central Western Greece and Thessaly. The most popular cultivated varieties include the yellow-green Kristali, the highly aromatic and tasty Kontoula, the yellowish Voutirati with the buttery taste and the Doukessa, with the small, flavorful fruits.

MLGFB Tip: Drink fresh pear juice!

  • It boosts energy:  Pear juice is an immediate, natural source of energy because of the high amounts of fructose and glucose it contains.
  • It’s a great fever reliever: The cooling effect of a big glass of pear juice helps relieve fever and lower temperature.
  • It will help stimulate your immune system: Pear’s antioxidant nutrients are vital for our immune system. Drink a juice of pears when you feel that you‘re gonna get sick.

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