“You should go to a pear tree for pears, not to an elm.” – Publius Syrus
“A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!” – Abraham Lincoln
“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pears (Genus: Pyrus) are a wonderful fruit and everyone should consider adding them to their own diet, especially when they are in season. Here are some wonderful things about pears:
- Pears are an excellent source of Vitamin C.
- Pears are less allergenic than mostfruits and are usually included in strict exclusion diets for people sufferingfrom extreme food allergies.
- Pears seem to contain phytochemicals and insoluble fiber that can help reduce blood pressure,blood cholesterol, and the likelihood of cancerous colon polyps.
Finally, their unique texture, tangy flavor, and curvy shape have made pears part of the erotic in both art and cuisine. Ripe juicy pears have been considered an aphrodisiac by many cultures for hundreds of years, as the shape of fruit is viewed as a botanical celebration of the female form.
Are pears really an effective aphrodisiac or is just a legend? I will let you decide for yourself the next time you enjoy a pear as part of a pair.