Pears

There are over 5000 varieties of pear. The flavour of this fruit is as varied as it's shape. It can taste sweet or tart depending on the variety. Pears are a good source of fibre and folic acid.

Varieties

Bartlett

This large, bell-shaped fruit is very juicy and has white flesh. Both the red and green varieties are equally delicious. They're perfect for making jams or canning.


D'Anjou

Rounder with a shorter neck, the D'Anjou is sweet with a mild flavour. It's very juicy with yellow-white flesh. D'Anjous are available in two shades: yellow-green and maroon red, although there is no flavour difference.


Bosc

The Bosc pear is slender and features a long neck. The taste is rich and nutty with a firm, crunchy and dense yellow-white flesh and a tan or yellow-brown exterior. It's great for baking or poaching because of its shape, flavour and texture.


Comice

These pears have a short neck and stem. Comice pears are greenish-yellow in colour and are perfect for eating on their own or with a yogourt dip, in salads, desserts or with cheeses.


Forelle

Smaller than most varieties, the Forelle looks like a mini-Bartlett. Forelles are usually green skinned with red freckles. When it ripens, the skin turns golden yellow with bright red freckles. It isn't really sweet or juicy, but makes a great presentation fruit - perfect for garnishing.

Availability

  • All year round, with peak season in late summer and fall.

Purchasing

  • Look for pears with colouring characteristic of their variety.
  • Pears should have clean smooth skins and free from cuts and bruises.
  • A ripe pear is one that is still slightly firm and gives a bit at the stem-end.

Storage

  • Ripe pears spoil easily, so refrigerate them and use within a couple of days of purchase.
  • To hasten the ripening process store pears in a brown paper bag. Ripe pears can spoil easily and their flavour is best when cool.
  • Handle pears with care to avoid bruising.

Preparation/Cooking

  • Rinse under cool running water prior to use.
  • Do not peel or core until ready to use.
  • 1 lb pears is equal to:
    - 2 large pears
    - 3 medium pears
    - 2 1/2 cups sliced pears
    - 2 1/3 diced pears
    - 1 3/4 cups pear puree

Tips

  • When transporting pears in a picnic or for lunch, wrap in a few layers of paper towel to avoid bruising.
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