The mouthwatering sweet pear has been known to people for thousands of years. While Homer mentioned the fruit in the "Odyssey", Julius Caesar passionately cultivated it in his garden. The luscious, alluring fruit is known for its exceptional flavour and numerous health-promoting properties.
The pear came to Europe from ancient Persia. It is estimated that there are 30 to 60 species of the plant, and a few thousand variants selected over the millenium of cultivation.
The largest pear plantations can be found in France and Belgium, where the beneficial effects of the fruit were first discovered. With time, pear also gained popularity in Poland.
Pears can be consumed practically without any adverse consequences. An average fruit contains only 60 kcal, which is very little. For this reason, it is a great weight-loss companion.
The pear contains large quantities of potassium, but also phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium, copper, borium and iodine. It is also rich in fruit acids, carbohydrates, pectin, fibre and essential oils. Moreover, it has the vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and PP, which is why it should be included in every healthy diet.