Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2154 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1924 times:
Christmas has only been here for just over an hour, but by way of status report I am telling you I have not received any trees or partridges. However, upon waking up minutes after midnight and noticing it was technically Christmas Day, I somewhat ritualistically ate a pear. I believe it was a Bartlett pear, and it was delicious.
The other day, at the Byerly's in Golden Valley, I bought these reportedly Bartlett pears as well as a couple of Asian (tottori?) type pears. They were also selling those light green, archetypally pear-shaped pears which I believe are the Bosc pears, but I couldn't find a one that didn't have those gross brown scratches and stuff. Luckily, fourteen hours or so ago, at the Byerly's in Minnematonka, I was able to find some beautifully unblemished Bosc type pears and stocked up.
How awesome are pears? I wonder why I do not eat them more often; they bring just the right blend of sweetness and tartitude. When I lived in California there were some cafés that served sliced turkey sandwiches on which one of the "toppings" was sliced pear!! Those sandwiches were delicious.
I do not blame those twelve partridges of song and legend for hanging out in that pear tree.
(Do you think the singer of that song actually gets twelve pear trees for Christmas, or that each of the twelve partridges is presented to him/her in the same tree?)
Ps762 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2012, 102 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
Interesting. I never really connected pairs to Christmas before except for that song.
I can only describe a bit what kind of pairs we generally get in the UK. As far as I have seen there is the dark green one and the light green one the light green one being kinda round. They are pretty good although like many people I don't eat much of them for some reason. Maybe it is an image problem or something!
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2154 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
OK, I have sampled all three types of pear that I purchased before Christmas. The Bartlett pear is sweeter than the Bosc pear; but the Bosc pear is tasty in its own right. The tottori pear is sweeter than the Bosc, I think not quite as sweet as the Bartlett, and ten times juicier than the two of them put together!! I mean I literally had to mop up a patch of my kitchen floor when I was done eating this pear!!
I have begun to wonder why there aren't any pear-based desserts. There is apple pie and apple crisp, why have I never encountered a pear pie or pear crisp?
HoMsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1019 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
Ever had Looza pear nectar? That stuff is sweeeeeeeeeeet.
Once at a grocery store in Vancouver (I think), I bought some apple pears, at least I think that's what they were called. I think they were apples shaped like pears (or maybe it was the other way around, but I'm pretty sure it was the first way I described). They really didn't have any flavor to them at all, so I elected not to buy them anymore.
rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2137 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1805 times:
I'm something of an oddball on the pear issue. I like them, and eat them on a basically daily basis (with the occasional apple thrown in for a change of pace), but I don't like them ripe. I only buy them rock hard. Yummy *and* crisp.
je89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2351 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
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Stumbled upon the Warren Pear at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and it was by far the best pear I've tasted. It seems like this pear isn't very common and found mainly in specific parts of the US. If you happen to see this pear the next time you're at a farmers market, I would highly recommend trying one.
Geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1541 times:
Well, I think this thread may possibly start a big "run" on pears ! I was just in Aldi's yesterday, and they had pretty little pears from Chile, and some really "yucky" looking black ones from .......someplace; I spent some time inspecting all the pears, then for some inexplicable reason, I bought a lime and a lemon. I ate the lime today; Wow! talk about "tartitude"!
I had a hell of a time peeling the skin off of the thing; my best advice........unless you like REALLY sour fruit......better skip limes ! I bought a bag of California navel oranges.....those suckers are GOOD !
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
Pears are awesome, but I have a good reason why you should stick to 1-2/day. They're loaded with sorbitol, especially when ripe. Sorbitol is a naturally-occurring chemical found in white grapes, pears...and prunes. If you eat too much sorbitol, the next day will be unpleasant.
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2154 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1383 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15): Pears are awesome, but I have a good reason why you should stick to 1-2/day. They're loaded with sorbitol...If you eat too much sorbitol, the next day will be unpleasant.
Well, I'm not sure that I've ever eaten more than one per day...but now you've piqued my curiosity. What sort of unpleasantness (feel free to describe it in the broadest, most non-lavatorial terms possible) gets brought on by hypersorbitolitude?
Edit.... hmmm, I now notice you said it occurs in prunes. So my question is effectively answered right there, am I right?
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 17953 posts, RR: 57 Reply 19, posted (11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1331 times:
Quoting Airstud (Reply 18): Edit.... hmmm, I now notice you said it occurs in prunes. So my question is effectively answered right there, am I right?
I believe you are quite correct.
On the other hand, if you are having regularity issues, pears are a fantastic choice.
The trouble with sorbitol and other natural fibers (inulin, cellulose) is that in large quantities, they are metabolized by gut flora. This metabolism produces excess gas, which causes bloating, cramping, and flatus (which is the $25 dollar word for "fart/farting").