All About Pears 

 Originally Written: August 5, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

One of summer fruit favorites – pear can make a great snack, are somewhat unique when baked for delicious deserts and without a doubt are great out-of-hand eating fruits. There are also a few varieties that are imported year round and once you start buying them, they will bevome a regular fruit item on your shopping list.

Here is a short description of varieties of this wonderful fruit –  few things to remember when choosing the your favourites.

Remember: Pears continue to ripen rather quickly after they are picked. They will soften as they ripen and have a very sweet aromatic flesh.

Common varieties are:

Anjou Pears

Anjou: Green or red soft, fragrant and juicy, they are not reommended for baking or poaching.

Bartlett Pears

Bartlett: Aromatic and smooth-fleshed, these are best for canning

Bosc Pears

Bosc: Sweet and nutty flavoured, very good for baking or poaching

Comice Pears

Comice: Short-necked, fine-grained, sweet and juicy – very best for eating

Forelle Pears

Forelle: Small and sweet, green turning to yellow when ripe. Great for eating.

Seckel Pears

Seckel:Small, very sweet and spicy, good for canning whole or poaching when not fully ripe and still firm

Asian Pears

Asian: These only ripen while still on the tree and are crunchy with pleasant underlying tartness. They come in a few varieties and all are imported. The alrge, round, brown and thick skinned type with a slightly grainy flesh are an excellent dessert pears. Peel them before eating. There are also round, slightly pear-shaped varieties of yellow Asian pears. They are thin skin, sweet and fine-textured , juicy and crispy. Both these varieties can be poached.

Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • I have a pear tree that I planted about 15 years ago. It has a round, tan fruit that is soft, juicy and sweet. I have no idea what variety it is because it was tagged as a bartlett. It ripens in August and seems that the fruit all ripens at the same time. I would really like to know what variety it is and would ship some to you to identify if you would be willing to help.

      • I will take a picture of the fruit when it gets further along in development. It got naturally thinned out this weekend when we got a little hail about dime/nickle size. I really think it was a good thing since so mean fruit had set.

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