Pear is a fruit from the pome family Rosaceae. This group includes apples, aronia, Japanese plums, medlars and rowans.
Pears taste like apples but they are slightly sweeter.
Today, we’ll continue our ongoing series of baby recipes with some awesome pear baby food recipes but first a little more background on pears…
As well as the taste, this fruit also resembles the appearance of apples, especially when sliced.
Pears have two to four small black seeds in the middle. They either come in a round or bottle shape and are red, brown or yellow in color. The red pear is often mistaken for an apple.
Pears are considered one of the oldest known edible fruits. They can be traced back to over 7,000 years ago. Their origins are not certain, though. Some books say pears originated from Asia while others claim they hail from Europe. There are even reports suggesting that they come from Africa.
Pears are one of the least allergenic fruits which is why they are recommended for babies’ first solid foods from as early as 6 months.
Choosing Good Quality Pears
Generally, pears are harvested unripe. This helps to delay the rotting period for fruits that are exported.
To check if the fruit is ripe, look for a pear that is hard but not too hard. Press on the tip of the fruit below the stem. If it bounces back, the pear is ripe, sweet and good to go.
If it won’t snap back and it feels too hard, it’s still unripe.
If the fruit is soft and there are brown or black spots on the skin, the pear is already too ripe and is not recommended for raw eating but can still be used for cooking.
Pears that have become brown-black in color and excessively soft are rotten and only good for the trashcan.
As with other purchased foods, unripe pears can be stored inside the refrigerator until they ripen.
If you want a speeded-up ripening process, wrap them in paper along with some bananas at room temperature away from heat and sunlight. Keep them there for a few days until the pears have totally ripened.
Why Are Fresh Pears Healthier than Canned Ones?
A single fresh pear contains loads of nutrients and antioxidants that are helpful for a baby’s developing body.
Pears boast the following roll call of beneficial components:
Vitamin C (4.3mg), Fiber (5,52g), vitamin K (7.83mcg), copper (.15mg), phosphorous (12mg), potassium (116mg), carbohydrates (15.23g), calcium (9mg), iron (.18mg), zinc (.1mg), magnesium (9mg), vitamin E(7mg), folate (.12mg), water (84g), and sodium (1mg).
Pears are low in calories but very high in fiber. They contain the antioxidant beta-carotene, Crypo-xanthin-8 (which help fight cancer cells) and lutein (a phyto-nutrient that is great for eyesight).
Canned pears cannot be considered at all fresh when they have been preserved. Since they have preservatives, most rotten fruit parts will just need to be cut and not included in the canning process. Nutritional value is also devalued since nutrients tend to fade once the pear is heated or cooked.
Pear Baby Food Recipes
Babies can be introduced to pears as early as 6 to 8 months old.
They can, though, cause allergies in some so it is always best to test first if the baby will show any symptoms of adverse reactions to the fruit. As mentioned above, though, as far as fruits and allergies go, pears are a pretty safe bet.
Here are some choice pear recipes for babies.
1) Pear and Oats
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 1 pear (peeled, diced)
- 1 cup water (distilled)
- Milk (breast milk or whole milk)
- Heat all ingredients in a pan
- Allow to boil for about 10 minutes stirring constantly
- Remove from the pan and pour into a blender or food processor
- Blend until smooth
- Serve to baby hot or refrigerated
2) Pear Mango Cinnamon Delight
- 1 pear (diced)
- 1 mango (peeled, seeds removed, sliced thinly)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup water
- Slice pear and apple into chunks
- Place pear and mango chunks in a pan
- Add water and let it boil
- Put in a cinnamon stick
- Allow it to simmer
- Put into a blender to create a puree but do not include cinnamon stick
- Serve to baby
3) Baked Pear and Sweet Potato
- 1 small sweet potato (pared and diced)
- 1 pear (sliced into chunks)
- 1 cup water (distilled)
- Bake pear and sweet potato
- Mash the baked ingredients or…
- Make a puree, adding the water
- Serve and watch your baby enjoy
4) Pear Avocado Baby Puree
- 2 pears (peeled and cubed)
- 1 avocado (skin removed and sliced thinly)
- 1 cup milk (breast milk or whole milk)
- Boil pear for 10 minutes
- Place boiled pear, milk and avocado in a blender. Make a puree to your desired consistency
- Serve at once or you could refrigerate it before feeding to baby
5) Pear and Apple Juice
- 1 whole pear (peeled and diced)
- 1 small glass apple juice (cold)
- Make a pear puree
- Add to apple juice
- Refrigerate and serve cold
6) Pear and Veggies Puree
- 1 pear (pared and cubed)
- 1 cup carrot (pared and diced)
- 1 cup potato (pared and cubed)
- 1 cup water (distilled)
- Boil carrot and potato until soft
- Remove carrot and potato, pour into a blender along with water and make a puree
- Serve immediately
Experimenting with new types of recipes for your baby is always a joy for every parent, particularly first time moms.
We hope that you are finding some hidden gems in our recipes for babies series. If so, keep coming back for more!
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