From the Three Kingdoms period, pear has been a fruit with a long history of cultivation in Korea. Ancient documents show that pears were cultivated during the Jeonryo period (530-550), and in the 18th year of King Myeongjong’s reign in the Goryeo era, the government recommended planting pear trees to increase income. From ancient times, pears have been an important ingredient used not only in food, but also in medicine and for ceremonial purposes. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of pears.
◆ Effectively removes PAHs, a carcinogenic substance, and directly lowers cholesterol
The number of patients with colon cancer has been increasing rapidly. High-calorie and high-fat diets, as well as frequent consumption of grilled meat, are risk factors. When meat is directly exposed to flames, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a carcinogenic substance, can be formed. Pears help the body excrete PAHs quickly. This is because pears contain a high level of dietary fiber that promotes intestinal cleansing and has a digestive effect (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences). The dietary fiber in pears also lowers cholesterol levels directly, so eating pears after consuming meat can have a dual health effect.
◆ Can be used as an herbal remedy for coughs, etc. Can the skin be eaten?
Pears contain not only dietary fiber, but also essential micronutrients for bones, blood, and cardiovascular health, with low levels of fat and calories. Pears have also been used as an herbal remedy for coughs, asthma, and other conditions. They are alkaline foods that are rich in calcium and potassium. Eating a lot of pears or pear products helps to maintain blood pH, which helps to maintain good health. The nutritional value of pears increases when eaten with the skin, and the antioxidant power can increase up to five times.
◆ How about pear, cucumber, and bell pepper salad? Taste and nutrients increase greatly
Pears have a water content of 85-88% and contain 10-13% of the sugar that gives them their sweet taste. When combined with other vegetables and fruits in a salad, the taste and nutritional value can be increased. Adding pears to cucumbers, bell peppers, and other vegetables can make them more appealing to children who don’t like vegetables because of the crunchy sweetness. The recipe is simple. Simply cut each ingredient into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with olive oil. The slightly bitter taste of cucumbers is due to the presence of elaterin, which aids digestion and protects the stomach lining. The sweetness of pears can neutralize this bitterness.
◆ Rich in organic acids, vitamins, and other nutrients that reduce fatigue and boost immunity, but must be refrigerated
Pears are rich in organic acids, vitamins, and other nutrients that reduce fatigue and boost immunity. However, they are prone to spoilage, so they must be stored in the refrigerator.