Pearing up

By Our Reporter
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With a production of over 100,000 tonnes a year, the fruit certainly brings with it a lot of pome and show

As of June 2019, Australia has produced 114,496 tonnes of pears, valued at $115.4 million. In fact, 34% of the total production was used for processing.

It also helps that Australians have a particular liking for this fruit. Around 60% of Australian families purchase fresh pears, at the rate of around four per shopping trip. Additionally, the wholesale value of the fresh supply was calculated at $121.1 million, with $109 million was distributed into retail and $11.8 million was reserved for food service.

As of June 2019, Australia exported approximately 9,190 tonnes of pears, the majority to New Zealand. Some other countries that also enjoyed Australian pears are Indonesia, Canada and Singapore. Also, as of June 2019, 2,209 tonnes of preserved pears were imported.

Even though the Goulburn Valley is responsible for 90% of the country’s pears, other states contributed to the production as well. Some of these areas include the Yarra Valley and Gippsland, Stanthorpe, Batlow and Adelaide Hills.

What’s in a pear?

Pears are not only a good source of fibre, they also contain loads of Vitamin C that boosts the immune system. Moreover, pears are also known as pome fruit, and belong to the Rosaceae family, which includes fruits such as apples and quinces.

The harvesting season of pears typically occurs around February and April. However the fruit is available throughout the year due to the use of controlled atmosphere technology.

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