April 18, 2014
FEATURED PRODUCT: Pear Juice
Juicy and sweet, with a soft, buttery yet somewhat grainy texture, the white to cream-colored flesh of pears was once referred to as
the "gift of the gods". Although the season for pears runs from August through October in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a
variety of pear available year-round because of the seasonal variations amongst the different varieties. Some of the more common
pear varieties are the Bartlett, Packham, Anjou, Bosc and a number of Asian pear varieties.
Pears are members of the rose family and related to the apple and the quince. Pears are more valued for their unique aromatic
flavor than nutrition, but pears are a good source for fiber, Vitamin K, and copper. Pears are also a good source for fructose
from fruit, and a better sweetener source from fruits. Fructose is slower to metabolize in the body and better for diabetics
and weight loss management.
While the cultivation of pears has been traced back in western Asia for three thousand years, there is also some speculation that its
history goes back even further and that this marvelous fruit was discovered by people in the Stone Age. Whatever their origins, pears
have been revered throughout time. Called the "gift of the gods" by Homer in his epic, The Odyssey, pears were also a luxurious item
in the court of Louis XIV. The early colonists brought pears to America, and while the first pear tree was planted in 1620, much of
their pear supply was still imported from France. Like many other fruit trees, pears were introduced into California and Mexico by
missionaries who planted them in their mission gardens.
Interestingly, with all of the respect that pears commanded, until the 18th century they did not have the soft juicy flesh that
we now know them to possess. It was during this time that a lot of attention was given to the cultivation and breeding of pears,
and many varieties were developed that featured pears' distinctive buttery texture and sweet taste. Today, much of the world's
pear supply is grown in China, Chile, Argentina, Italy and the United States.
Pears can be used in a multitude or food and beverage applications, including beverages, pastries, dairy products, confections, fruit ices and in cosmetics.
Encore Fruit Marketing can provide an excellent source of pear juice to help consumer products deliver one of the 5 A
Day fruit servings, with good fiber content and a refreshing pear flavor.
Pear juice iis carefully processed from fresh, ripened pears to provide the essential flavor and nutrition , in a convenient, ready to
use ingredient form for processed beverage and food applications. Pear juice is an excellent ingredient to add a fruit serving to your
retail label for beverages, dairy desserts, pastries, sauces, jellies and other processed foods like nutrition bars and snacks.
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