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Pompous Pears Are September Pick of the Month

Pears are a big crop in Oregon, with several varieties ready to pick right now in late summer! This delicious fruit is a good source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. They’re ready to eat right off the tree, and they can also be dried or sliced up for a salad.

Pick up some pears today from your local grocery store, farm stand or farmer’s market!

What’s so great about pears?

  • They’re a low-calorie, fat-free food
  • They’re a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C

What’s the best way to eat pears?

  • Fresh off the tree
  • Ripened and fresh
  • Dried, poached or baked
  • Fresh in salads

Selection & Preparation

  1. Selection: Apply gentle pressure to the neck of the pear. It’s ripe if the neck is slightly soft.
  2. Storage: Once ripe, pears can be stored in the refrigerator for three days.
  3. Preparation: Leave the skin on the pear for the most fiber. Slice as desired.
  4. Cooking: Enjoy fresh or try baking, poaching or grilling your pears.
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Four Fruit Salad

Recipe from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • 1 cup seedless grapes
  • 1 cup orange, cut into sections
  • 1 large apple, cut into slices
  • 1 large pear, cut into slices


Toss all ingredients together. Makes six servings.

Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Serve on a lettuce-lined plate with a scoop of low-fat cottage cheese and light dressing.
  • Serve in a glass dish with a scoop of sherbet on top.
  • Serve in a bowl topped with yogurt.

Nutrition information per serving

  • Calories: 76
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fiber: 3g