Pear is the fruit of the pear tree native to northern Africa and western Europe.
Pear is rich in fiber (around 22%), and also contains a good amount of vitamin C (17%), copper (10%) .
It has been scientifically proven that most of the beneficial vitamins and nutrients of the pear are contained in the skin. Since the skin is also the part which takes on the most pesticides, it is advised to wash it thoroughly before eating, or, if you can, to buy your fruits from organic farming.
Most of the health benefits of the pear comes from its fibers.
Fibers are necessary in the regulation of the digestive system, and helps you maintain a healthy stomach, intestine and colon.
The fibers helps maintaining the good fonction of your colon, and therefore prevents colon inflammation which can lead to colon cancer.
Dietary fiber intake also helps prevent from type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.
The vitamin C and copper are antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects and helps protect your immune system. They are also known to be of great help in cancer prevention.
In holistic medicine, pear juice is known to be a good fever reducer and helps fighting a sore throat. The juice must be drank natural and pure just when the symptoms begin.
Boiled pear juice mixed with raw honey might also be of a good help in case of vocal cords issues.
Pear can be eaten raw or cooked. A pear pie is a good way to eat it baked but you might as well just want to bite the fruit and enjoy its freshness and subtil taste.