Rainier Fruit Company

Our Fruit

We offer a year-round supply of conventional and organic apples and pears, and seasonal supplies of conventional and organic cherries and blueberries. To learn more about our fruit, select a type of fruit.

Featured Variety


PEARS

 

How to Select and Store

Look for pears that are firm, but not too hard. They should have a smooth skin that is free of bruises or mold. Avoid pears that are punctured or have dark soft spots.

When trying to determine whether a pear is ripe, gently press at the neck of the pear.  If it gives in to pressure, the pear is ripe for eating.

To store pears once ripened, you can place them in the refrigerator where they will remain fresh for a few days. If you want to speed the ripening process, place them in a paper bag, turning them occasionally, and keep them at room temperature. Avoid storing pears in sealed plastic bags or restricted spaces where they are in too close proximity to each other since they will have limited exposure to oxygen, and the ethylene gas that they naturally produce will greatly increase their ripening process, causing them to degrade. Pears should also be stored away from other strong smelling foods, whether on the countertop on in the refrigerator, as they tend to absorb smells.

Tips for Preparing and Cooking

Fresh pears are delicious eaten as is after gently washing the skin by running it under cool water and patting it dry. Since their skin provides about half of the pear's total dietary fiber as well as its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients,, it is best to not peel the fruit but eat the entire pear. To cut the pear into pieces, you can use an apple corer, cutting from the fruit's base to remove the core, and then cutting it into the desired sizes and shapes. Once cut, pears will oxidize quickly and turn a brownish color. You can help to prevent this by applying several drops of lemon, lime or orange juice to the flesh.

A Few Quick Serving Ideas

  • Combine pears with mustard greens, watercress, leeks and walnuts for a delicious salad.
  • Serve pears with goat or bleu cheese for a delightful dessert.
  • Add chopped pears, grated ginger and honey to millet porridge for a pungently sweet breakfast treat.
  • Core pears, and poach in apple juice or wine.

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