Another fruit that joins our lineup, colorful pears are sometimes seen in a holiday tabletop display. But even with their beauty, pears are best served as a naturally sweet addition to your holiday recipes.
Like apples, pears are jam-packed with vitamin C. Unlike vitamins found in supplements, vitamin C from fruits and vegetables is thought to reduce the risk of certain cancers of the mouth and breasts [source: MedLine Plus].
Also, pears are a terrific source of potassium. One medium pear contains about 190 milligrams of this mineral, necessary for a healthy heart, muscles, nervous system and more [source: Pear Bureau Northwest].
Many of the items on our list boast high fiber, and pears are no exception; they have the highest amount of fiber among common fruits. One large pear contains 5 grams of fiber, three of which are soluble fiber [source: Tufts University].
Next we'll look at a close cousin of the pumpkin, another fall and winter favorite.