What’s in a can of U.S. grown canned pears?


Ripe and ready to eat Bartlett pears are in the can!

Pacific Northwest Canned Pears are grown by American farmers in Oregon and Washington and packed by local canneries. These U.S. grown Bartlett pears are versatile and ready to use in recipes or enjoyed straight from the can. Ripened and peeled pears are poached in juice or sweetened syrup right in the can, nothing else is added except pears and the poaching liquid!

Bartlett pear trees—an heirloom pear variety that has the perfect sweetness and texture for canning—thrive in ideal growing conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Bartlett orchards in Oregon and Washington are tended by farmers who have been cultivating pears for generations. After being harvested by hand in August and September, pears are delivered to nearby canneries where they are carefully ripened, peeled, cored—and halved, sliced or diced—before being poached in juice or sweetened syrup, right in the can. This time-honored canning process is wrapped up by October and keeps pears ripe, juicy, and ready to use in recipes or eat straight from the can for up to three years.

Hands down, the best-tasting canned pears are grown, harvested, and packed in the United States. Buying canned pears from the Pacific Northwest supports American agriculture and food grown on family farms. Check the label for “Product of the USA” to be sure you’re getting a safe, high-quality product.

Bartlett pear orchards are incredibly sustainable. Whether the pears are going to the fresh market or the cannery, the farmer sells all the fruit on the tree. During harvest, farmers measure the circumference of the pears and send the larger Bartlett pears to the fresh market and the smaller pears to the cannery. Once canned pears reach home or professional kitchens, there’s very little waste, including the recyclable, BPA-free can. Even the juice or syrup can be used in a variety of recipes such as dressings, sauces, marinades, and baked goods.

Ripe and ready to use in your favorite dish or as a snack right out of the can, U.S. grown, juicy canned pears are naturally sweet, delicious, and versatile. Canned pears add a hint of sweetness to savory main dishes, sandwiches, salads, and pizza. Their natural pear flavor adds sweetness with zero fat to baked goods and desserts. And, blending canned pears into smoothies and soups adds texture and flavor.

There are so many uses for canned pears. Here’s some ins-pear-ation for your menu planning.

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