If you have never heard of an apple pear, you are not alone. However, more people know about the fairly new fruit now if they watched Wednesday’s Wendy Williams show. During the host’s hot topic segment, she mentioned that she relaxed and ate a couple of apple pears on Tuesday. She asked her studio audience if they knew what an apple pear was, and most of the people said they didn’t know. So, Wendy explained what an apple pear is.
Although the apple pear has been around for a very long time, most people have never eaten one. Apple pears, also known as Asian, sand or nashi pears, are a distinct variety of fruit native to Asian countries, such as Korea. It is a mistake to call the apple pear a hybrid, or mix, of the two fruits. Its name comes from the shape and texture of an apple but from the flavor of a pear.
The long storage life of the apple pear is one of its strong marketing features. The fruit can be stored for 10 to 14 days at room temperature. Apple pears will last three to four weeks in a crisper in a refrigerator. Surprisingly, apple pears can last three to four months in a commercial cold storage facility.
George Jackson, owner of Kingsburg Orchards, reports that he grows approximately 60 percent of the apple pear crops in the United States, and his orchard is recognized for the leading apple pear industry.
Wendy Williams mentioned that she ate two apple pears in one sitting because they are just that good. Apple pears are good to pack in lunches for kids and adults because they don’t turn brown like regular apples. They are sweet, crunchy, and versatile. Apple pears are good when sliced and served at an elegant dinner party, as well as given to a bunch of hungry kids at a slumber party.
Apple pears are not only good, but they are good for you.
“According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one average size apple pear contains only 116 calories and 9.9 grams of fiber. For a 2,000-calorie diet, this is about 35 percent of your total daily fiber intake.”
The calories in one apple pear offers energy to keep you going. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Apple pears are a great way to help you achieve your daily fruit recommendations.
If you need a change in your fruit choices, perhaps an apple pear just might be the change you need.
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