Anjou Pears are low-fat, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. They're also a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
Ripen pears at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag with a couple of ripe bananas. When the pear is ripe, refrigerate until you are ready to eat it.
Pears are cousins of apples. American varieties come from Europe, where they migrated from central Asia.
In The Odyssey, the Greek poet Homer calls pears a "gift of the gods."
Early colonists brought the first trees to America where they thrived until blights became severe. Most pears are now grown west of the Rockies where diseases are less of a problem.