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Fresh Pear Guide

Did you know pears are high in fiber and can help lower cholesterol? From freshly sliced, baked and poached to sautéed and grilled you can add pears to many of your favorite recipes. When in the produce section, look for pears that are mature and firm. Let them ripen a day or two at room temperature and when they give slightly to pressure they're ready to eat.

Comice Pears Comice Pears
In season: September - March
Sweet with a buttery flavor, Comice Pears have a creamy texture that's ideal for fresh snacking. Any area of golden color on the skin may take a slight yellow hue as the fruit ripens. However, color is not the best determination of ripeness. Apply pressure near the stem end, when fruit gives slightly it's ready to eat.
Red Anjou Pears Red Anjou Pears
In season: September - May
Sweet and juicy these pears are a great way to brighten fresh salads or add to breakfast. Enjoy these pears with the skin where most fiber is concentrated. Red pears are also a good source of potassium and vitamin C. They don't change color when they ripen but are ready-to-eat when they slightly soften around the stem.
Bosc Pears Bosc Pears
In season: September - April
Bosc pears have a crunchy, yet tender flesh with a sweet and spiced flavor. Their dense flesh is great for fresh snacking but can also be enjoyed when baked, broiled or poached. Loaded with fiber, they contain no sodium, cholesterol or saturated fat. Bosc Pears are sweeter and more flavorful before they become soft.
Bartlett Pears Bartlett Pears
In season: August - February
This bright green pear is popular for its creamy, sweet and aromatic flesh. Look for pears that are bright green to golden yellow. Bartlett Pears are perfect for canning, preserving or adding to salads and desserts.
D'Anjou Pears D'Anjou Pears
In season: September - July
Also known as Green Anjou Pears, these popular fruits are well-known for their lemon-lime flavor. The dense flesh makes this ideal for baking, poaching, roasting or grilling. They're delicious when sliced for salads or eaten as a snack. Unlike Bartlett pears, these pears don????????t change color as they ripen.