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98 % of domestic pear production comes from Washington and Oregon.

The main three varieties are Anjou, Bartlett, and Bosc. All three are excellent when ripe, however many lesser known varieties offer wonderful colors, shapes, and flavors.

In Britain in 1640 only 60 varieties were cataloged as being in Britain, by 1866 the American author T.W. Field cataloged 850 varieties. The growth in number and quality of pear varieties was mainly the work of a few dedicated breeders in France and Belgium at the end of the eighteenth century, who selected and bred most modern varieties.

Pears make great dessert fruits and may be used in much the same way as apples. They can be sliced and used in tarts, baked, stewed, pickled or pureed. We carry a wide selection of pears all year, as Argentina, Chile and New Zealand are contra-seasonal suppliers.


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