Homegrown Michigan Pears
Pears have unique health values!
In recent studies measuring risk of type 2 diabetes in U.S. women, pears have earned very special recognition. Researchers now know that certain flavonoids in food can improve insulin sensitivity, and of special interest in this area have been three groups of flavonoids (flavonols, flavan-3-ols, and anthocyanins). All pears contain flavonoids falling within the first two groups, and red-skinned pears contain anthocyanins as well. Intake of these flavonoid groups has been associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes in both women and men.
22nd of August
These pears are the Premium pear for canning and freezing! Picked slightly green, they will ripen at room temperature in three to five days. As the color changes from light green to pale yellow, the flesh softens and the juices inside become pleasantly sweet! A good indication that the pear is ripe is when it "gives" a little when you apply pressure around the blossom end. REMEMBER-- Pears ripen from the inside out, so don't let them get too soft! We usually harvest Bartlett Pears around the 3rd to 4th week of August and they are available until the end of September.
15th of September
These pears are a sweet winter pear. They are a russet type and are light brown in color. The Bosc pear has a wonderful sweet flavor that you will love! The flesh of the Bosc pear is firmer than the Bartlett, and Bosc pears will keep well--we often keep them into January! They taste great fresh or in salads or slices! We harvest our Bosc pears in mid to late September.