Good Fruit Grower

September 1

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Page 6 of 39 GOOD FRUIT GROWER SEPTEMBER 2015 7 A pear a day… P ears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State University in Fargo. Researchers there studied whether the peel, pulp, and juice of pears could help prevent and manage type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and stomach diseases. Drs. Kalidas Shetty and Dipayan Sarkar found that fermented juice and extracts of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears could inhibit Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which are associated with gastritis and stomach ulcers, without harming beneficial bacteria in the gut. The in vitro studies also showed that phenolic compounds and antioxidants found in the peel of the pears could help control blood glucose levels and high blood pressure. More research would be needed to find out if results of the studies could be replicated in humans. "Our results from in vitro assays suggest that if we consume Bartlett and Starkrimson pears as a whole fruit (peel and pulp) it may potentially provide better control of early-stage diabetes as part of an overall healthier diet," Shetty reported. The study is one of several funded by the Northwest pear industry to examine the nutritional benefits of fresh pears, according to the Pear Bureau Northwest. In 2011, the industry began reviewing existing nutrition research and accepting research proposals relating to pears. IN THE BOX Write us at 105 S. 18th Street, #217, Yakima, WA 98901 or email Robert Snyder 1921–2015 R obert Snyder, a former partner at C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, died June 19 at the age of 94. Snyder grew up in Wenatchee. He became a U.S. Air Force cadet and graduated from the Hancock Foundation College of Aeronautics in California. He later earned a degree in business administration from the University of Washington, then worked for Sherwin Williams Ag Business for several years in Washington and Idaho. When the company went out of business, he moved to Wenatchee to work for H.R. Spinner Company as a salesman covering the Columbia Basin. In 1953, Snyder and his brothers John and Gene bought out C&O Fruit Tree and Landscaping Company from their father Bert and his uncle Andy Gossman. He served as president of the Washington Nursery Association and the Chelan/Douglas County Farm Bureau. He was director general of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in 1993. He is survived by his daughter Theresa Snyder O'Brian of Quincy; sons Brian and Jim Snyder of Wenatchee; and sister Margaret Sampon of Wenatchee. A double take Y es, that's Ramon Lopez Santiago holding the May 1 issue of Good Fruit Grower, which featured him on the cover harvesting cherries in Mosier, Oregon. Both photographs were taken by Hood River photographer Paloma Ayala, who kindly shared this snapshot. Paloma tells us she even got Ramon to sign a copy of the magazine. You can see more of Paloma's photography work at COURTESY OF PALOMA AYALA

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