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Pears

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Yellow Bartlett

August

Flavor: Sweet, very aromatic, considered the definitive “pear flavor”

Flesh: White to cream color, firm, crispy, fine grained

Storage: Keeps 30-40 days refrigerated

Misc: Primary choice for canned halves, puree, and most pear juice and nectar in the U.S

Note: The traditional Bartlett turns from bright green to golden yellow as it ripens.

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Red Bartlett

August

Flavor: Sweet, very aromatic, considered the definitive “pear flavor”

Flesh: White to cream color, firm, crispy, fine grained

Storage: Keeps 30-40 days refrigerated

Misc: Primary choice for canned halves, puree, and most pear juice and nectar in the U.S

Note: The red Bartlett turn a bright red as they ripen. The flavors are usually the same for the red and yellow Bartletts.

Yellow Asian - Nijisseiki

August

Flavor: Mildly sweet with some tartness near the core, aromatic

Flesh: Crisp, firm, grainy, very juicy

Storage: Keeps a week at room temperature or up to three months in refrigeration

Misc: Not a good baking pear, but a good snacking pear. The smooth, yellow skin bruises easily.

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Brown Asian - Hosui

August

Flavor: Mildly sweet with some tartness near the core, aromatic

Flesh: Firm, crisp, grainy, very juicy

Storage: Keeps a week at room temperature or up to three months in refrigeration

Misc: Not a good baking pear, but a very good snacking pear. The golden brown skin bruises easily.

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Out of season

Bosc

September

Flavor: Mildly spicy, honey-sweet

Flesh: Dense, crisp and crunchy, fine grained, juicy

Storage: Extremely long keeper when kept at 30 degrees Fahrenheit

Misc: Noteworthy for its attractive appearance, russeting can cover some, or more often all, of the fruit and imparts a pleasantly rough texture like course paper to the skin, excellent canning and baking.

451
Out of season

D'Anjou

September

Flavor: Aromatic, mild sweet, slightly acidic

Flesh: Soft, white, juicy, slightly gritty texture

Storage: Up to three months if kept well refrigerated

Misc: Greenish to yellow when ripe, good for fresh eating

Note: This pear can be found in both red and green, but the flavors and uses are the same for both colors.

585
Out of season

Comice

September

Flavor: Very sweet

Flesh: Buttery, juicy

Storage: Semi-long keeper, best to store at 30 degrees Fahrenheit

Misc: Not good for cooking due to high moisture content, considered to be the sweetest of all pears and is best as a dessert.