The Pacific Northwest is responsible for the majority of the fresh pears grown in the United Sates. The cold winters, wet springs, and dry summers provide a perfect climate for growing and ripening a wide variety of pears. Pears are a powerhouse fruit, packing fiber, vitamins, and beneficial nutrients. These nutrients are thought to fight inflammation, promote gut and heart health, protect against certain diseases, and even aid weight loss. Pears can be enjoyed in countless ways—from breakfast to dessert. Baked, roasted, added to a salad, or as a portable snack, the pear’s versatility shines through.