Updated: Nov 9
Sweet and nourishing, a perfect winter and holiday treat. Pears are soothing to Vata, cooling to Pitta, and Kapha friendly. Customized guidance for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
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How to Select a Ripe Pear
Pears should be consistently firm, but not hard. It should yield more near the stem area. It if does, then it is ripe.
The USA Pears features nine varieties of pears--a fun website that illustrates the qualities of pears.
Nutritional Benefits of Pears According to Ayurveda
Considered the "fruit of immortality," pears are balancing to vata, pitta, and kapha doshas. Considered to have expectorant qualities so support healthy respiratory systems. Pears are supportive of healthy cholesterol levels when prepared with good quality cinnamon. A nourishing fruit, pears are considered an aphrodisiac. To learn more about Ayurvedic Libido Boosters | Tips for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, click here.
According to Pears USA, "Pears are an excellent source of fiber, with each medium-sized fruit providing about 21% of the Daily Value." In addition to being fiber rich, Harvard Medical School reports, "Pears are a good source of fiber and several beneficial plant compounds (phytochemicals), including catechins. Also found in apples and cocoa, catechins may help lower blood pressure, improve blood vessel health, and discourage blood clots."
Ayurvedic Baked Pears| Festive Fruit Dessert for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
·24 fresh cranberries
4 Tablespoons of finely chopped seeds/nuts
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut the pears in half and remove the core.
3. Trim the side of the pear that will be placed on the baking sheet so that it lays flat.
4. Arrange the pear halves on the baking sheet with the cored side facing up.
5. Add about 3 cranberries to the pears.
6. Add the finely chopped nuts, about ½ a tablespoon.
7. Sprinkle each pear half with cinnamon, cardamon, and nutmeg.
8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pears are tender.
"Turn your food into medicine by learning how to adjust any recipe to optimize its health benefits." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
Tweak Our Recipe to Match Your Doshic Picture.
Follow these easy modifications and provide yourself with a meal that becomes medicine by balancing the doshas.
How to customize this recipe to balance Vata
For spicing for Vata, the overall spiciness is important to help aid in digestion. Don't hold back as Vata types tend to have weaker digestion and this time of year lean towards being easily chilled with the hallmark cold hands and feet. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are ideal digestive spices for Vata so go for it! Anise, cloves, and allspice are also ideal for Vata in this recipe.
For a more savory take on our baked pears, use rosemary, tarragon, and thyme.
Best seeds/nuts: Almonds are the best nut for Vata.
How to customize this recipe to balance Pitta
For Pitta to optimize this recipe by adding more cardamon for its cooling quality, and going lighter on the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Best seeds/nuts: Coconut, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds
How to customize this recipe to balance Kapha
Kapha needs to be invigorated as it may tend to be slow, sluggish, and dull. To customize the recipe for Kapha dosha--turn up the heat. For kapha, food should be spiced hot and never bland. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and black pepper are all enkindling digestive spices for kapha.
Add some New Mexico chile for some added kick.
Best seeds/nuts: Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
Ayurvedic Baked Pears| Festive Fruit Dessert for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are a crowd pleaser for all dosha types.
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