Monday, June 25, 2012

Meet the Pears

The Pear Family

Green Anjou
Refreshingly sweet and juicy with a hint of citrus. (in season September-July)

Quintessential pear flavor and aroma with abundant juice. (in season August-February)

Crisp and woodsy with a honey sweetness. (in season September - May)

Crunchy and earthy with a hint of vanilla. (in season September-January)

Bite-sized, crunchy and ultra sweet. (in season September -March)

Red Anjou
Juicy and fresh with a sweet-tart finish. (in season September -June)

Red Bartlett
Juicy and aromatic with a supple sweetness. (in season August-February)

Sweet custard-like flavor and texture. (in season September-March)

Crisp, tangy , and refreshingly sweet. (in season September- March)

Aromatic , moist and sweet with a floral essence. (in season August- January)

How to know when pears are ripe

Check the Neck

Apply gentle thumb pressure near the neck, or stem end. If it yields slightly, it's ripe. Then you'll enjoy the full-flavored sweetness for which USA Pears are famous.

What about skin color?

You can't depend on color to tell when a pear is ripe. While Bartlett pears will turn from green to yellow as they ripen, Anjou, Red Anjou, Bosc, Comice, and other pear varieties show little change in color. That's why it's best to check the neck!

Ripening Tips

Place your unripe USA Pears in a fruit bowl and let stand at room temperature. Check the neck daily to determine when they are ready to eat. Refrigerate them to slow further ripening.

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