Did you know there are 8 different commercially grown U.S. Pear varieties you can enjoy?

Next time you get a hankering after a fresh U.S. Grown pear, it could be beneficial to know a little bit about the considerable varieties that are presently available to shoppers. You will be happy to learn that there are several fascinating types to select from, depending on the time of the year. Here’s a sampling of what you might be available to you.


The Bartlett could be the most widely known pear in the U.S. On average it has been planted more in the last 20 years than any other variety. Bartletts are very good for both fresh consumption and for commercial canning. Bartletts ripen to a bright yellow colour and are famous for their sweetness, juiciness and nice odour. Red Bartletts share similar traits to their yellow brothers except, naturally, they ripen to a luscious red color.


Anjous are thought to be a winter pear by the USDA, likely thanks to the fact they’re available to customers all throughout the winter and spring. They are definitely a very juicy variety and are sweet to the taste when they’re ripe. Anjpus do not change colour as they ripen, like most other pear types. Anjous are a great choice for the commercial pear packing industry since they have such a long selling season. Anjous also have a red variety with no significant difference from the green version aside from the colour.


With Bartletts and Anjous, the Bosc is one of the 3 commonest U.S. Pear varieties. The Bosc has a country brown look to it and can often be covered in russet. It is a highly aromatic and flavourful pear. These pears have really dense flesh and don’t change colour as they ripen. The dense flesh makes them a sensible choice for cooking and baking.


Comice pears often turn out to be quite big. They are a stouter pear without much of a neck and are mostly green but might also sometimes have a little red blush on them. They’re also considered one of the sweetest and juiciest kinds which makes them a superb choice for a pudding plate or for complimenting a cheese dish.This variety also barely changes in colour as it ripens.


The Concorde pear is a mixture of the Comice and Conference pears. It’s a very good fresh eating pear with it’s mellow sweetness and crispy texture. It is regarded as an excellent all-purpose pear because it not only is delicious but is also a pear that does not brown quickly so it has an extended shelf life. Concordes can also be consumed at varied stages of ripening.


Starkcrimson are renowned for their brilliant red surface color. They are an excellent choice for eating fresh due to their sweetness and juiciness; they also emit a scent which has floral notes. Starkcrimson also may be employed as a cooking or baking pear with similar characteristics to the Bartlett.


The Forelle is smaller than other variations of pears. It is regarded as a sweet and extraordinarily delicious pear variety but is also noted for its beautiful appearance. It turns a bright yellow as it matures but also has crimson freckles to compliment its fully ripened beauty. The flesh of this pear is typically wet and crisp. It is also known as a great nibbling pear.


The Seckel is a tiny pear but do not let the size fool you as it also packs a very sweet punch. These pears are typically maroon and olive green and do not change colour as they ripen. Due to its little size, this variety is a particularly good choice for a child’s snack; it is also a popular choice as a garnish or for pickling.

The above views were taken generally from info on the Pear Bureau Northwest website. This is an excellent web site to visit if you would like to further extend your understanding of pear types grown in the U.S.

Steven Vanderwoude owns FruitTek, a website that promotes pear packing technologies and other fruit related equipment , including pear external defect and quality sorting systems, and rollover pear dumping systems.

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