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ORGANIC IS A CHOICE

FOR US ORGANIC IS A CHOICE TO FURTHER OUR WHOLESOME TO THE CORE VALUES BY FOCUSING ON HEALTHY LIFESTYLES THAT SUPPORT OUR CONSUMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT WE LOVE.

Read about each organic fruit type we grow!

Pears


Bartlett Pear

Bosc Pear

Green Anjou Pears

Red Bartlett Pear

Bartlett Pear

England
1765

Bartlett pears are the most widely-recognized pear variety thanks to its quintessential pear flavor and shape. It has a rounded bell on bottom half of the fruit with definitive shoulder and smaller neck or stem. The Bartlett pear is unique in that its skin brightens as it ripens, unlike other varieties.

Availability
August-January

Usage
Snacking, salads. Most popular pear for canning.

Bosc Pear

Belgium or France
early 1800s

Bosc pears are an elegant variety with disctinctive characteristics that set them apart from other pears. Those who are familiar with Bosc, appreciate their more firm, yet tender flesh and their sweet-spiced flavor. Bosc have brown skin hides and a delicious, spicy and slightly firmer flesh.

Availability
September-May

Usage
The firm texture of the Bosc makes it an excellent choice for baking, broiling, or poaching. It can also be enjoyed for fresh snacking or in salads.

Green Anjou Pears

Belgium or France
1800s

Green Anjou (also known as Beurré d’ Anjou or d’Anjou) pears are recognizable for their egg-shaped appearance, having a larger spherical lower portion that begins a gradual taper above the mid-point to a narrower rounded top. Their skin color is bright green, and sometimes has a soft red blush. Skin color shows only very subtle color change while ripening. Red Anjous are nearly identical to Green Anjous other than their color.

Availability
Year round

Usage
An excellent all-purpose pear, Anjous can be used in cooking or baking or enjoyed fresh as a snack or in salads.

Red Bartlett Pear

Washington State
1938

Red Bartletts are very similar to their more commonly known green/yellow Bartletts in shape and flavor. The Red Bartlett pear transforms from a dark red to brilliant red as it becomes riper.

Availability
September-June

Usage
All Bartlett pears can be enjoyed fresh or used for cooking, baking, or canning. Red Bartletts are especially beautiful in salads because of their colorful skin.

Pear Nutrition

Pears are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C for just 100 calories per medium-sized pear. Pear nutritional benefits also include sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free.

Pears are one of the leading fruit sources of fiber and provide about 24% of the daily recommended value. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, may reduce the risk for heart disease, a disease associated with many factors.  Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may also reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.The skin of the pear contains the majority of the fiber found in a pear, so be sure to enjoy the skin for added flavor, texture, and nutrients!

Each medium sized pear contains approximately 10% of your daily need for vitamin C. Aside from preventing oxidative damage, vitamin C is essential for normal growth and repair. It is needed for normal metabolism and tissue repair, proper immune functioning and guarding against infectious diseases, and vitamin C promotes healing of cuts, wounds, and bruises.

Pear Bureau Northwest

Pear-eating tips

When shopping for pears, select clean pears with uninjured skin. Pears with no cuts and with the stem intact will keep longer. Surface russeting (the brownish areas on the skin) is generally caused by weather and does not affect the quality or flavor.

  • Pears should be firm, or fairly firm, but not hard.
  • Avoid wilted, shriveled, moldy or discolored pears.
  • Check for good color for the variety you are selecting.
  • Pears are picked when fully mature, but firm. A ripe pear will yield slightly to gentle pressure at the base of the stem. Remember to “Check the Neck!”
  • Unlike many other fruits, pears can ripen after they are picked.
  • To ripen, leave pears at room temperature in a paper bag until the flesh near the stem responds readily to gentle pressure. Once ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process until use.
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