Peerless Pears

Use this guide to check the shape and color as well as the season for the most available pear varieties.


Enlarge Image Red Bartlett.

Red Bartlett. Firm, red, and juicy pear; very sweet when ripe. Available August through December.

Enlarge Image Forelle.

Forelle. Slightly larger than a Seckel; freckled skin and red blush. Available October through February.

Enlarge Image Comice.

Comice. Hard, green and rounder than a Bartlett, but similar in flavor and texture. Available August through March.

Enlarge Image Seckel.

Seckel. A small firm, sweet pear; like a miniature Bosc. Available August through January.

Enlarge Image Asian.

Asian. A light, crisp fruit with a flavor like a cross between an apple and a pear, and a texture similar to a water chestnut. Generally available year-round.

Enlarge Image Bosc.

Bosc. Long-neck pear with golden brown skin; very juicy when ripe; softer than a Bartlett. Available August through May.

Enlarge Image Anjou.

Anjou. Firm and green, even when ripe; great for eating or baking. Available October through June.

Enlarge Image Bartlett.

Bartlett. One of the most common pears, firm and bell-shaped; sometimes takes on a red blush. Available July through December.

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