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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.