Can you eat pear seeds?

In this paper, I will answer the question: “Can you eat pear seeds?” and I will explain the potential hazards of eating fruit seeds.

Can you eat pear seeds?

No, you can’t eat pear seeds. A cyanide chemical found in pear seeds has the potential to be lethal. Nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are all possible side effects. Sweating, tiredness, convulsions, twitching, and coma are some of the other symptoms.

How dangerous is cyanide?

Amygdalin, which is a cyanide-and-sugar-based molecule, is found in pear seeds. Human or animal enzymes come into touch with amygdalin when the seed is eaten or otherwise cracked, essentially cutting off the sugar portion of the molecule. The remaining material can subsequently break down, releasing the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide.

Humans are susceptible to cyanide toxicity at concentrations of 0.5–3.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. Stomach cramps, headaches, nausea, and vomiting are all symptoms of cyanide poisoning, which can lead to cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, coma, and death.

Humans can get a lethal dosage of 1.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. According to a recent study, apple seeds contain about 3 milligrams of amygdalin per gram of seeds (one seed is approximately 0.7g) while pears contain 1.3 mg/g of seeds.

Because not all of this mass will be transformed to hydrogen cyanide (some of it will be the sugar component of the molecules that is cleaved off), you’ll need to consume a lot of pear seeds to get poisoned, and there don’t appear to be any cases of this happening.

How to deseed a pear?

Pears come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they’re high in fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Whether you’re eating a Bartlett or a Bosc, you can enjoy this delicious fruit in a variety of ways.

Here’s a brief guide on safely eating pears:

Get the Cores out of Pear Half

Use a sharp knife, cut the pair in half lengthwise. Place the pear on the cutting board upright. Slicing your pear in half is as simple as cutting near the stem from end to end in one clean motion.

Take out the core

Using a melon baller or a teaspoon-sized measuring spoon, scoop off the core of the pear (the area with seeds). The type of equipment you use is determined by the firmness of the pear: a melon baller is preferable for hard fruit, while a measuring spoon is best for soft fruit.

Remove the stem

Using a knife, cut a “V” shape around the stem’s edges to remove it.

Remove the peel from the pear

Remove the pear’s skin using a tiny, sharp knife or a vegetable peeler. You can now use the pear in a dish or eat it plain.

You can also leave the skin on because it’s edible and beneficial to your health, but this will alter the texture of your dish.

Useful tip: When pear flesh is cut and exposed to the air, it oxidizes or turns brown. To prevent browning in salads, first immerse the sliced pears in a solution of 1/2 cup water and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. They can also be tossed with a salad dressing that is fairly acidic.

How to eat a pear?

Pears are a deliciously versatile fruit that are juicy, soft, and sweet. Ripe raw pears can be eaten out of hand or chopped into salads.

You can either eat raw pears or cooked ones.

Raw pears

Sliced pears

A pear can be chopped before eating. To enhance the flavor of the pear, peel it before cutting it, especially if it has a thick skin. Remove the pear’s skin, split it in half, scoop out the core from either side with a knife, then cut the pear into slices or chunks as thick or thin as you’d like them to be.

Blend pear slices into smoothies

An exquisite slice of pear fruit combines very well with your favorite bowl of smoothie. Cut them to the right thickness and spread them over your smoothie cup for added elegance and crunch. 

Make oatmeal with pear slices

Sometimes your oatmeal needs a boost of flavor that isn’t provided by the dull chia seed or guava fruit. Because pears, especially green ones, have a mild flavor, they can easily be incorporated into your oatmeal breakfast without overpowering it. They’re a great match for oats.

Add pears to your fruit salad

Pears can also be eaten as part of fruit salads. Sweet, juicy pears counterbalance a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a fantastic fall side dish because it’s simple, elegant, and tasty.

Make a pear juice

Homemade pear juice tastes better than any store-bought mixture you’ll ever try. Because the flavor of pear (green) isn’t overpowering on its own, you’ll want to choose your fruits carefully for the juice. If you want your juice to have only a dominating pear flavor, keep it as simple as possible by juicing it alone or in greater proportion to other fruits and components.

Make pear smoothie

You can mix pear and other fruits to make an incredibly delicious and healthy smoothie.

The combination of pear and banana creates a delectable drink. The smoothie has a strong pear flavor with a tinge of banana flavor. The ice thickens and cools the smoothie, while the honey lends a subtle sweetness. It’s a great flavor combination.

Cooked pears

Poached pears

Poached pears are simply pears that have been gently poached on the stovetop, usually in a sugar and water syrup, but occasionally with wine and other spices.

Pears, especially winter pears, aren’t always recognized for being 100 percent delectable, but poaching them brings out their flavor. The hard structure of this woody fruit makes it ideal for poaching because it keeps its shape.

Pear pies

Warm spices are combined with sweet, juicy pears before being cooked in a buttery, flaky crust. This pie is quite tasty and would be an excellent addition to any holiday dessert menu. For the ultimate fall treat, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Conclusion

In this paper, I answered the question: “Can you eat pear seeds?” and I provided information related to the potential harms of seeds as well as methods to enjoy eating pears raw or cooked.

Feel free to contact me for any additional information related to this topic.

References

[1] Fruit Seeds That Are Poisonous 

[2] Cyanide in fruit seeds: how dangerous is an apple? | Health & wellbeing | The Guardian 

[3] Amygdalin content of seeds, kernels and food products commercially-available in the UK – ScienceDirect 

[3] How to Core a Pear: 13 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow 

[4] Eating and Baking Pears: When to Use Which Pear 

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.