Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Pears
Pears were among the Oklahoma crops big enough to report in the 1900 census, a few years before statehood. Oklahoma orchards produced 2,000 bushels of pears in 1900 and 7,450 in 1910. Today pears are not grown commercially in the state but they can still be found in home gardens and for sale in some farmer's markets.
Pears are a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, copper and Vitamin K.
Be a Food Explorer: Pear Taste Test
Bring several different kinds of pears to class. Have students determine which ones they like best by looking at them. Then do a taste test and ask students if the pears that look best also taste best. Some pears are crunchy and some are more buttery. Have students vote to see how they prefer their pears (crunchy or buttery). Graph the results.
Bring several different kinds of pears to class. Arrange them in an attractive dish, and have students do still life drawings or paintings of them. Discuss the tradition of still life art.
Pear (1/2 cup, sliced)
Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.