Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday’s Helping: Bartlett Pears

Juicy bell-shaped fruits

The fruit we used in this week’s upside-down cake happen to be Bartlett pears (aka Williams pears or Barts).  This type of pear is very popular among consumers in Europe and the United States.  Bartlett pears, with their typical bell-shaped fruits, are native to Europe.  Enoch Bartlett brought the pear to the American colonies and began selling trees in the late 1700s.  Expect a very sweet and crisp flavor from a ripe Bartlett pear.  Farmers also use these pears in making canned pears.  Select fruit specimens with golden skin and an aromatic scent.  You can also purchase green Bartlett pears and then wait for them to ripen at home.  Remember that pears are a good source of fiber.         

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