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Conference Pears

Britain’s favourite pear is surprisingly rich in health benefiting properties.

Britain’s favourite pear is surprisingly rich in health benefiting properties. It is no surprise that it is also the most popular pear in the kitchen, due its firmness and texture, as it lends to poaching, roasting and baking.
TRY ME I'M GOOD IN...
Warm beetroot, squash and pear salad, roasted chicken thighs with pickled pears, a spiced pear chutney, or a pear piccalilli.
FACTS
  • This variety of pear was developed in Britain by Thomas Francis Rivers.
  • It owes its name to the fact that it won first prize at the National British Pear Conference in London in 1885.
  • The ‘Conference’ pear adapts to a variety of conditions, and is widely grown in Europe. It thrives on land which is sunny, rich and not too chalky.
  • The brown part of the skin is called russet or russetting; it is more or less apparent depending on weather conditions.
  • Genus: Pyrus and the species Pyrus communis Family: Rosaceae

WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?

Vitamin C 7mg/100g (7% RNI)

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body and especially in the immune system. It aids in healing wounds and can repair tissues (like collagen) and ensure healthy gums. It is also present in high concentrations in the adrenal glands that help us deal with stress.

Copper 0.082mg/100g (9% RNA)

Copper is incorporated into a variety of proteins and enzymes, which perform essential metabolic functions and is necessary for the proper growth, development and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart, and many other body organs. Together with iron, it enables the body to form red blood cells and supports immune function and may help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

Fibre 3.1g/100g (12% RNA)

Most of the fibre in pears is non-soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which functions as a good bulk laxative in the gut. Fibre also helps to prevent constipation, maintain the health of our gastrointestinal system and to help our microbiome to flourish. Additionally, its gritty fibre content may bind to cancer-causing toxins and chemicals in the colon, protecting its mucous membrane from contact with these compounds.

Phytonutrients

Pears are modest sources of antioxidant flavonoid phytonutrients such as β-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These compounds, along with vitamin C and A, help keep the body protected from harmful free radicals.

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