Juicy, sweet Michigan pears are tasty fresh or in a few Michigan-made products.
The majority of Michigan pear production takes place during the Bartlett pear season from late August to mid-September. Most fresh pears are consumed within a few weeks of harvest, and processed forms are available year round.
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Michigan Pear Facts
- In 2009, Michigan produced 4,200 tons of pears, generating $1.4 million
- Pears are harvested for fresh eating and processed for baby food
- A limited amount of Michigan pears are used for wine and brandy
- Bartlett is the primary pear variety grown in Michigan for both processing and fresh use
- Other more common Michigan pear varieties include D’Anjou, Harrow
- Delight, Spartlett and the newer, fire blight-resistant Harrow Sweet
- Asian pear varieties are grown primarily for fresh consumption
- One medium sized pear contains only 100 calories
- Fresh pears are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium
- Pears are a good source of vitamin C
- Pears are a very good source of dietary fiber