Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Pears
Pears were among the Oklahoma crops large enough to report in the 1900 census, a few years before statehood. Oklahoma orchards produced 2,000 bushels of pears in 1900 and 7,450 in 1910. Pears are typically the remaining fruit trees found on old homesteads in Oklahoma because they are tough, resilient trees. Most early settlers planted a fruit orchard for personal use. Today pears are not grown commercially in the state, but they can still be found in home gardens and for sale in some farmer's markets.
Pears are a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, copper and Vitamin K.
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- Pear Facts
Be a Food Explorer: Pear Taste Test
Bring several different kinds of pears to class. Have students determine which ones they like best by looking at them. Then do a taste test and ask students if the pears that look best also taste best. Some pears are crunchy and some are more buttery. Have students vote to see how they prefer their pears (crunchy or buttery). Graph the results.
Pear (1/2 cup, sliced)
Source: Center for Disease Control