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USA Pears are the eight varieties that grow best in Oregon and Washington's ideal growing conditions.

USA Pear varieties are: Anjou (red and green), Bartlett (red and traditional), Bosc, Comice, Forelle and Seckel.

Are you a confirmed pear enthusiast? Or are you looking to learn more about this delicious, sweet and juicy fruit? Either way, you've landed in the right place!

There are over 3,000 known pear varieties grown around the world, but only a handful have been carefully cultivated into the juicy, delicious fruit known as Northwest USA Pears.

Read more about each variety, and see what each is best suited for in our USA Pear Variety section.

Check the Neck for Ripeness!

Pears are a unique fruit that ripen best off the tree (without getting technical, pears that ripen on the tree will be gritty), they are meant to be ripened after purchase. The other reason you might rarely find ripe pears in the store is that ripe pears are fragile, so it's better to have them ripen at your home rather than in the store.

Look to your right for simple instructions on ripening pears and how to tell when they're ripe...

Most pears don't change color as they ripen. The Check the Neck™ technique is the most accurate ripeness indicator for non-bartlett pears.
If you are faced with a bunch of hard pears, follow this easy 1, 2, 3 process to get your pears to their ripe and juicy perfection.
  1. Place hard pears in a paper bag or a covered fruit bowl, leave at room temperature.
  2. Every day, "Check the Neck for Ripeness"™. To do this, apply gentle pressure to the stem end of the pear with your thumb. When it yields to the pressure, it's ready to eat (this process usually takes a few days).
  3. Enjoy your ripe, juicy pears now, or store them in the fridge until you're ready to use them. The fridge will slow down the ripening process, but won't stop it. Ready to eat pears will stay fresh in the fridge for between 3-5 days.

Not just a fall fruit
Pears were once exclusively a fall and winter fruit. Today, thanks to modern storage and transportation methods, USA Pears are available nearly year-round. Starting in August with Bartletts, and ending up in early summer with Anjous, USA Pear varieties of one kind or another are available nearly year round. For availability and seasonal usage ideas, visit our Availability page.

For more information about how pears are grown and the unique qualities of handling and storing pears, visit our section on Growing USA Pears.

Choosing the best pears

Check out our comprehensive Produce Guide for tips on choosing the best pears of the bunch plus tips on over 160 other fruits and veggies!

Pears Are Nutritious

For such a sweet compact package, USA Pears are loaded with good for you stuff. Pears are a good source of Vitamin C, potassium and Dietary fiber yet they have no-cholesterol and are low-calorie with only 100 calories per serving.

Visit our Nutrition Pages to learn more, and find out why fresh pears should be included as one of your "5 to 9 a Day" of fresh fruits and vegetables.


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