Spring in Bloom

In the spirit of the season, we’ve been doing some spring cleaning and organizing here at the office.  While going through the USA Pear archives, I came across this lovely “vintage” poster from Hong Kong.  It looks like a work of art, no?  And it’s perfect for this time of year – the orchards will soon be full of pear blossoms in bloom! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn

Celebrate Pears this Weekend – Fruit Loop Style!

The Hood River Valley is world renowned for growing incredible pears, and the members of the Hood River Fruit Loop are PROUD of it!  This weekend, September 19-20, is the official Pear Celebration where you can taste more than 18 varieties of pears, sample special pear desserts, drink pear cider and wine, tour pear orchards and more.  Check out the map and list of attractions at hoodriverfruitloop.com.  Can’t make it to Hood River for the Pear Celebration this weekend? Never fear, because several of the Fruit Loop farms offer gifts by mail.  We’re talkin’ canned pears, pear butter, pear sauce, dried pears, pear wine, and gift boxes of fresh pears, of course! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn

Harvest Has Begun!

The pear growers of Oregon and Washington are predicting one of the largest crops in history, and soon (if you haven’t already) you’ll see this year’s bountiful harvest appearing in your favorite grocery store! Click here to learn more about USA Pears and the families who grow them! Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn

Sowing the Seeds

I’m Amy Kweller MS, RD, and I’ll be contributing to The Pear Dish blog to discuss pears, nutrition, and leading a healthy, happy life. I hope you find this information helpful and interesting, and that this becomes a venue for a dialogue about how pears can fit into your healthy lifestyle! When I meet new people and tell them that I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD), sometimes the response is a surprised “Why did you choose to become a dietitian?” This isn’t the easiest question to answer, since my passion for nutritional science has changed over the years. But, I always come back to the food. Food is at the epicenter of our society; some of my earliest memories are in the kitchen preparing food, and celebrating with family and friends over food. Even now, I love to cook for friends, Continue reading