Bosc pears are grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington. They have brownish skin and a somewhat crunchy but tender flesh that has a sweet-spicy flavor. You can enjoy them raw or use them in baking, broiling or poaching. The nutrition of a Bosc pear is similar to that of other pears and fruits.
Bosc pears are low in calories with just 120 calories in a medium, 179-gram pear. This low calorie content can make Bosc pears appropriate for weight loss diets, as 120 calories comprises just about 6 percent of the calories you need each day if you follow a 2,000-calorie diet. There is little fat in a Bosc pear -- just .16 grams.
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Bosc pears are carbohydrate-rich, as each medium, 179-gram pear contains about 29 grams of carbohydrates. That amount is twice what a slice of bread provides, so Bosc pears can be a good source of pre-exercise energy. Carbohydrates are your body's primary source of fuel.
Bosc pears are rich in one particular type of carbohydrate -- dietary fiber. Each medium pear contains about 5.5 grams of this nutrient, which is essential for overall health and can be helpful for dieting. Dietary fiber provides feelings of fullness and also keeps your blood sugar levels stable, promotes healthy digestion and may aid in cholesterol management.
Bosc pears are not a good source of protein, because a medium pear provides just .64 grams of this nutrient. Your body uses protein to build and repair vital tissues and cells, so consuming adequate amounts is essential.
Minerals and Vitamins
Bosc pears are not particularly robust sources of vitamins and minerals. However, each medium pear does contain 5 milligrams of vitamin C, 18 milligrams of calcium and 218 milligrams of potassium.