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Industry Spotlight: PEAR-FECTION

Industry Spotlight: PEAR-FECTION

The venerable pear has experienced many a renaissance over the course of its history, thanks to amazing growers that continue to nurture its variety, versatility, and juicy eating experience. Orchardists of Washington State’s Cashmere Valley, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, have supplied the world with this fruit for generations. Long appreciated for its simple tastiness, research has also revealed the significance of the pear’s nutritional makeup. Read on to discover what makes Rainier Fruit’s pears stand out from the rest.

1. Nutritional Content

It’s widely known that fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients, but did you know the humble pear packs a major nutritional punch? A medium pear contains about 21 percent of the daily recommended dietary fiber—a significant fighter against many illnesses, including heart disease. Add in vitamin C and phytonutrients, such as anthocyanins, and you’ve got an American Heart Association-certified heart-healthy food right off the tree.

2. PreRipened Pear Program

Rainier Fruit believes there’s nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy pear. This belief is the guiding principle behind its ripening rooms, which utilize concentrated ethylene—the natural compound fruits produce when they ripen—to shorten the wait for that perfect, juicy bite. Less time to wait brings consumers back for more, sooner!

3. Location and Growing Land

If you’ve ever had the fortune of visiting the snug valleys of Cashmere, you understand why the region’s fruits are so renowned. Plentiful snowmelt from the adjacent mountains perfectly complements the warm days and cool nights ideal for growing pears. Rich soils feed orchards tended by multigenerational family growers. Rainier Fruit believes this tradition of reciprocity is apparent in every piece of fruit—and invites you to give them a try.