It’s National Pears Helene Day! Pears Helene, or Pears Belle-Helene, is a delicious French dessert that combines warm poached pears, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce. Auguste Escoffier created this dish and named it after the opera La belle Helene.
Did you know that there are thousands of pear varieties? Some of the most popular types are Anjou, Bartlett, French Butter, and Comice. Pears are the third most important fruit crop in the United States (behind apples and peaches). They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, copper, fiber, and potassium.
To celebrate National Pears Helene Day, poach your favorite kind of pears for dessert tonight!