Use this guide to check the shape and color as well as the season for the most available pear varieties.
Red Bartlett. Firm, red, and juicy pear; very sweet when ripe. Available August through December.
Forelle. Slightly larger than a Seckel; freckled skin and red blush. Available October through February.
Comice. Hard, green and rounder than a Bartlett, but similar in flavor and texture. Available August through March.
Seckel. A small firm, sweet pear; like a miniature Bosc. Available August through January.
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.
Bosc. Long-neck pear with golden brown skin; very juicy when ripe; softer than a Bartlett. Available August through May.
Anjou. Firm and green, even when ripe; great for eating or baking. Available October through June.
Bartlett. One of the most common pears, firm and bell-shaped; sometimes takes on a red blush. Available July through December.