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11 Types of Pears

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The pear is an exquisite and delightful fruit. It comes in varying shapes, sizes, and colors. Most of the pear varieties are juicy and have a honey-like taste with a tinge of savory flavor. People from around the globe savor this fruit in many ways, preferably in raw form. 

Pear fruits can be found in the fall season following an early spring bloom, but you can store its fruit to cherish the entire year. In this article, we will discuss 11 different varieties of pears in detail.

1. Abate Fetel Pears

Sliced Abate Fetel pears on wooden background

Abate Fetel is one of the sweetest categories of pear and is popular in Italy. It is a long green fruit with red crimson and brown pigmentation. This fruit does not need any special condition to flourish. You should let them ripen at room temperature.

When fully ripened, it gets a delicate and glossy texture. They have a rich and honey-like taste, perfect to be presented as a dessert. You can use it in baking to make tarts, pies, and cakes.

They also pair well with other vegetables in sandwiches. However, the best idea is to savor it in raw form. They can be seen in gardens or markets in early spring. In case you want to store them, they last for 6-7 months if kept in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Value

  • Abate Fetel pear is rich in minerals and vitamins. It is an amazing source of vitamin A and C.
  • It is highly ingestible and makes a perfect food for kids.
  • This hypoallergenic food is an ideal diet for those who are vulnerable to allergies.
  • Calcium and iron are also found in a good amounts in Abate Fetel pears.

Where to Find Them

Abate Fetel pears were originally from France. In the beginning, they were popular in Italian markets. Now they are also popular in Africa, the US, and Argentina. Now you can find them in markets of many countries.

2. Anjou Pears

Top view of a group of Red Anjou Pears

The Anjou pear is a green-tinted, exquisite fruit with red blush and brown pigmentation. It shows an undetectable change in the shade when it is ready to be harvested. You could recognize Anjou Pears by their egg-like shape. Its sweet juicy taste with the cue of lemon-like flavor makes it preferred by many cooks.

Its versatility has allowed it to be used in a number of recipes. You can use them in preparing sauces, purees, salads, and pasta. It can also accompany cheese or meat. They appear in late fall and stay throughout winter.

Red Anjou pear is one of the two varieties of Anjou pears. They have the same properties as green anjou pear. The only difference they bear is the skin color. They were observed as a natural mutation on the green anjou plant.

Red Anjou has different shades of red, but most commonly they come in dark red or maroon color. They also do not show a great change in color with growth. Thus, to observe their ripeness you can just press. If it yields to pressure, it is ready to be plucked.

Nutritional Value

  • Anjou pears are a great source of ascorbic acid. It is a healthy snack to get shiny skin because ascorbic acid in it is great to boost collagen.
  • Dietary Fiber is also a major component of Anjou pear. You can use it for the proper food digestion process.
  • Anjou pears are rich in calcium as well.

Where to Find Them

French people used to cultivate green Anjou pears in early times. Now, you can find green anjou in the United States, Argentina, and Oregon. Red Anjou is found in the Pacific Northwest in the United States.

3. Bambinella Pears

Bambinella is an exquisite pear with pink cheeks and a green base. It has crispy, velvety, and juicy flesh which is perfect to eat in raw form. Its delightful taste provides an ultimate choice for baking cakes, muffins, and tarts. It also makes a great dessert in raw form after lunch or dinner.

Bambinella pears appear in markets in mid-summer and stay throughout the fall. You can store them for 7-10 days at room temperature. For long-term use, try to keep them in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Value

  • Carbohydrates make ten grams of bambinella pear. Thus, this variety of pear is a great source of energy.
  • This fruit is also rich in dietary fibers and vitamin C, which are important components of any meal.

Where to Find Them

Bembinellas originated in the Mediterranean island of Malta. Currently, they can also be found in the markets of the United States.

4. Red Bartlett Pears

Close up of Ripe Red Bartlett Pears on the tree

As the name suggests, Red Bartlett pears are red in color. Initially, they have a maroonish shade, however, as they grow, they gain a fresh rosy color. Its fragrant, grainy flesh has a honey-like taste.

You can use this variety in cocktails and other drinks. Red bartlett salad will add beauty to your dining table. People also use this variety of pear for decoration purposes.

Nutritional Value

  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber

Where to Find Them

Red Bartlett pears are most commonly found in Washington and California.

5. Bella Lucrative Pears

Bella Lucrative pear is a green-colored fruit found in different shapes and sizes. Its granular flesh is in a pale shade. This variety is easy to handle which makes it a fine breed for house gardens.

This fruit is also favored for use in cooking purposes because of its buttery taste. It can stay for 2-3 days on the kitchen counter. To prolong their lifespan, you should store them in a refrigerator.

Nutritional Value

  • Rich in dietary fibers, Bella Lucrative pear is a great solution for digestion issues.
  • Potassium helps in managing fluid balance and preventing muscle issues.
  • This cultivation is an amazing source of ascorbic acid. It helps the body to fight bacterial infections.

Where to find them

Bella Lucrative pears were first grown in Belgium. They gradually became part of European countries. They are available in online stores and markets.

6. Red Comice Pears

As the name suggests, Red Comice pear exists in varying reddish colors ranging from rosy to dark red or maroon. Its skin is so fragile that it yields to pressure easily and gets blemishes. Its juicy and buttery flesh has a sweet taste with a tinge of savory flavor.

Like other pears, it also stays with many chefs around the year. Like Red Anjou pear, Red Comice was also a result of natural mutation. It was observed on the plant of Green Comice.

Due to its beauty, farmers started cultivating Red Comice as well. Many people grow this variety in their homes because you can manage it easily. Red Comice is a perfect juicy snack for you to enjoy in fresh and raw form.

Nutritional Value

  • Red Comice pear is rich in many nutrients. It is a succulent source of dietary fibers if you consume the flesh along with the peel. A single piece of pear holds a good percentage of the recommended fiber for a day.
  • It is also rich in pectin, which can prevent many diseases. It stops the growth of cancer cells and maintains blood sugar.
  • Vitamin C is also found in Red Comice pears.

Where to Find Them

First grown in France, this breed gained popularity in French markets. Due to its beauty and sweet flavor, farmers of the United States also started growing it.

7. Concorde Pears

Fresh Concorde pears on white background

Concorde pears have an extraordinarily long neck and bulb-like abdomen. Their green base is beautified by the rosy blush and freckles. The flesh of the Concorde pears is firm and has a sugary flavor. You can eat them at any stage of their growth.

They maintain their firmness at every age. They get their vanilla flavor even before ripening. The best thing about this breed is that it does not oxidize. Thereby, its color remains intact even if you leave its slices for a long time. This makes them perfect for appetizers.

Nutritional Value

  • Antioxidants in pears can prevent many diseases like cancer or heart diseases.
  • Like many other varieties of pears, Concorde pears are also rich in vitamin C and fiber.

Where to Find Them

Concorde pears are natives of England. They are available in many stores in England. This variety has also reached the Northwest United States. They appear in markets and stores in fall through winter.

8. Duchess Pear

Big collection of ripe pears, isolated on white background

Duchess pear is a small round variety of pear. There are two types of Duchess pear.

  • Winter Duchess
  • Summer Duchess

Winter duchess has shiny yellow skin with rosy cheeks. While the summer variety has a light green or yellow shade.

Both varieties have different harvesting times. Due to its sweet flavor, it can go with cereals, ice creams, and trifles. People in Russia make Duchess pear syrup a part of their beverages for enhanced taste.

Nutritional Value

  • Rich in Vitamin C, A, and fiber it helps in maintaining the immune system and digestive process.
  • Calcium and antioxidants present in Duchess pears help in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

Where to Find Them

This variety was cultivated in many parts of Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and Russia. They were also seen in the markets of Kazakhstan. They make their appearance in the markets in late summer through winter.

9. Dutch Holland Pears

Duch Holland is a funnel-shaped fruit with a light green base and pink pigmentation. The inside of the fruit has a granular creamy texture. It is the perfect choice for cooking because it maintains its firmness when cooked. When cooked, they get a mild tinge of savory flavor.

People tend to make puree or stews to use throughout the year. You can cook it with many ingredients to prepare meals for special occasions. People tend to use its stored juice as a refreshing drink to beat the heat. It makes its way into the market in fall through winter.

Nutritional Value

  • Packed with Vitamin C, potassium, and fibers, Duch Holland pears could prove a healthy snack for adults and kids.

Where to Find Them

They are available in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Australia.

10. Forelle Pears

Fresh ripe red yellow forelle pears fruit

Forelle pear is an exquisite variety of pear. It has a green color at a youthful age and turns yellow as it grows. Its crimson cheeks add beauty to the dining table. Its sweet and savory taste can add flavor to many dishes. This variety of pear has succulent and juicy flesh which is perfect to eat in raw form.

Many restaurants tend to buy this variety because of its mellow flavor. They can stay on the counter for two to three days. If kept in the refrigerator, they can sustain for a few weeks.

Nutritional Value

  • Forelle pears are full of nutrients such as potassium, calcium, vitamins, and fibers. All these nutrients contribute significantly to maintaining health.

Where to Find Them

It originated in Germany and gradually went to other parts of the world. Forelle is one of the varieties of pears that are cultivated around the globe.  They arrive in the markets in the fall through winter.

11. Forest Beauty Pears

Forest Beauty pear has golden or yellowish rough skin. Internally, this fruit has a juicy and dense texture. Original cultivators of this fruit preferred eating it in fresh and raw form.

It cannot sustain itself for long, therefore plucking them a week before their harvest time is smart. Its syrup adds flavor to many drinks and beverages. You can use it as an ingredient in many recipes. They could be seen in markets in the fall season.

Nutritional Value

It is rich in the following nutrients:

  • Phosphorous
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C and K
  • Potassium

Where to Find Them

This variety was naturally produced in the forest. It was brought into Europe by a scientist. Now it is produced in Belgium, Moldova, Belarus, Central Asia, and Russia.

Bottom Line

All the varieties of pears are heavenly in taste. They are abundant in vital antioxidants, plant compounds, and dietary fiber. They will not only add flavor to your meals but also make a healthy snack or a tasteful appetizer.

The variety in these pears offers you the opportunity to savor them in countless ways. All in all, pears make a perfect choice for your everyday balanced diet.


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