Nashi Pears, Immune health, collagen builder and excellent internal cleaner

 

 

A Korean Pear, Korean natural monument #74.

A Korean Pear, Korean natural monument #74. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nashi, or “Asian Pears” are absolutely packed with fibre with an average of 4 grams per medium-sized pear and a whopping 10 grams per large pear!  As if this wasn’t reason enough to revere the Nashi, they are also packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, copper, manganese and potassium

 

WELLNESS

 

These crisp and juicy fruits are a long-standing favorite amongst the health and fitness crowd due to their outstanding health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Due to their abundance of fibre, pectin in particular, eating Nashi pears will flush potentially hazardous toxins from your colon and help prevent colon cancer.  Pectin has also been shown to have effectiveness against prostate cancer

 

Bone and teeth health Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese are essential for healthy bones.  Vitamin C builds collagen, prevents brittleness of bones and maintains strong teeth.  Vitamin K aids in bone mineralization

 

Colon health / Digestive health Due to its high amount of fibre, Nashi pears are a terrific edible tool to regulate your digestive system and can stave off diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, painful hemorrhoids and even colon cancer

Diabetes Pectin, an insoluble fibre found in Nashi pears, is useful in the treatment of diabetes as it is said by some sources to slow down the body’s absorption of glucose

Eye health Vitamin C can prevent cataracts and macular degeneration

Heart health Vitamin K ensures that your blood can properly coagulate.  High fibre, as present in Nashi pears, reduces high cholesterol and high triglycerides and can stave off heart disease.  Nashi pears are virtually fat-free as well as being cholesterol-free and sodium-free

 

Immune system health Anti-oxidant Vitamin C repairs the body’s tissues, heals wounds and fights off all sorts of infections and diseases ranging from the common cold to the flu to the HIV virus

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties Anti-oxidant super power Vitamin C and copper both help build healthy collagen, which result in more elastic skin less likely to show signs of aging.  Vitamin C also improves hair quality and promotes strong, resilient nails

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre The wealth of fibre in the Nashi pear will keep you feeling full longer and far less likely to reach for empty, fattening calories between meals.  It will also keep your bowels more regularly flushed out, which can result in more consistent weight loss

 

Metabolism Copper is essential for the production of energy and chomping on a tasty Nashi can give you a good boost when you feel that listless afternoon lull or right before your daily workout

Nutritional Intake Yet another reason to celebrate the Nashi is that a medium-sized pear has only a mere 50 calories

COOKING

 

For a totally unique take on a traditional appetizer, place a smear of blue cheese on a  wedge of Nashi pear and wrap it with prosciutto

Pears make a sweet and texturally interesting addition to a wholegrain sandwich with cos lettuce, chicken and dijon flavoured butter and it is a great way to sneak some healthy fruit into your child’s daily diet

Speaking of cheese as we have, a pear, Gorgonzola and balsamic glazed onion pizza or flatbread is scrumdelicious.  You can even add some walnuts for added health benefits and a little extra crunch

Pears stand up well smoked chicken breast stir-fries with , a dash of white vinegar and some minced fresh ginger. I love them chargrilled and served with a wild rocket, roast pumpkin, persian fetta and cranberry salad

A pear tart is always a lovely contribution to a bake sale or a potluck pick family gathering.  All you need to do is pre-purchase a simple tart shell or some dough, shape into an attractive fluted pie pan, add some lemon juice-infused Bartlett pear quarters and bake for just shy of an hour

And of course, for a truly simple, sublime and elegantly-colored party-pleaser, simmer some quality whole peeled pears with quality red drinking wine, fresh lemon and orange juice, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cloves.  The deep crimson color of the pear on a white plate definitely has the wow factor or saffron poached for a zany finish

“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

Nashi pear tree in bloom

Nashi pear tree in bloom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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