The pear has a lovely gentle flavour, it is a good source of fibre and also contributes to your overall Vitamin C intake. Fibre aids digestion and Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, keeping the immune system healthy, for normal growth and development and for helping the body to absorb iron.
When to give to your baby
Pears make a good choice for one of baby’s first fruits. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure.
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How to cook with pears
The perfect pear
Pears can be contaminated by pesticides, so we always buy organic. Pears ripen from the inside so a soft pear might be an indication of an overripe pear. Like most fruit and veg, they are best brought in season and British pears are world renowned for being excellent in quality. There are many different varieties, so pick one that is best on the day. Store in the coldest part of your fridge if they are ripe, or at room temperature if you need them to ripen slightly.
Best way to cook it for your baby
Depending how ripe your pear is or what stage of the journey, you might not need to cook the pear at all! If you plan to use it early on in the journey, it is best to puree the pear. They steam in an inch of water very quickly and will blend to a puree in seconds. Adding just a touch to a vegetable puree is a great way to naturally sweeten things up, but be careful not to add too much as it's important not to develop a sweet tooth from an early age. Later on in the journey when your little one is ready for finger food, Pear makes a great little snack to have to hand. Try peeling it if the texture of the skin is too much.
What goes well with pear
Blueberries, sweet potato, butternut squash, quinoa.