All About Pears

Pears are available year-round but peak season is July through January.

A bosc pear has a sweet and spicy taste and is good for snacking, poaching and cooking.

A comice pear tastes sweet with a fruity aroma. It is best used for snacking or serving with cheese.

A bartlett pear tastes sweet and is best used for snacking, cooking and salads.

An anjou pear tastes sweet and spicy. It is best used for snacking, cooking and salads.

Select pears that are plump and unblemished. Avoid fruit with bruises, soft spots or cuts. If you plan to bake with pears, pick ones that feel firm to the touch. These fruits will hold up better against an oven's heat. For snacking, choose pears that give slightly when gently pressed.

If your pears are too firm to eat, place the fruit in a paper bag at room temperature for 2-3 days to ripen. Unwashed ripe pears will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge. Be sure to store them away from other fruits and veggies with strong aromas. To help prevent browning on cut pears, brush the slices with lemon, lime, orange or pineapple juice.

One pound pears (3 medium) = 3 cups sliced.