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Starkrimson Pears

In nearly all respects, Red Summer Pears (Red Bartlett, Starkrimson and other red Pears) are nearly the same as Yellow Bartletts. Summer Reds add a beautiful contrast of color in fruit baskets and bowls, while providing the familiar flavors and smooth textures of Yellow Bartletts. Familiarize yourself with Red Summer pears here, then look for them in the produce departments of grocery stores where you shop!

For many, the Bartlett pear carries a true pyriform "pear shape;" a rounded bell on the bottom half of the fruit, then a definitive shoulder with a smaller neck or stem end. Bartletts are also extremely aromatic pears, and have a definitive "pear flavor." Just as Yellow Bartletts change color while ripening, so do Red Bartletts; changing from a dark red often with light vertical striping to become a bright red. Aside from color, there are no other differences between the two types of Bartlett pears. Consider Red Bartletts for an attractive fruit basket or bowl display. Together, Red & Green USA Bartletts make a striking counter or table-top centerpiece.
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The Starkrimson pear is a brilliant and solid red. As it ripens, it may turn even more brilliant! This variety shares similar taste and texture to the Bartlett pears, but may have a more noticible floral note to its aroma and taste. Starkrimson pears are becoming easier to find around the country. If you see some at your local store, don't pass up the opportunity to try this beautiful and tasty variety.

Usage is very similar to Bartlett pears.
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Red summer pear varieites are the first choice for those anticipating thenew pear season.Northwest summer pear varieties are harvested in late August to early September and usually remain available through the end of the year. Gentle harvesting methods and modern packing facilities in the Northwest ensure a quality selection when fruit arrives in grocery produce departments.

Northwest Bartletts and Starkrimsonare harvested when fully mature, but before they become ripe. Pears are a unique fruit;if allowed to ripen on the tree, natural deposits of lignin and cellulose will develop in the flesh, causing a "gritty" texture. Northwest Pears are harvested when mature and then allowed to ripen, so you can expect a smoother texture with sweeter flavor. If you love the taste of Yellow Bartlett pears, try a Northwest Red Bartlett or Starkrimson. You'll be pleased!
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Bartletts are known for canning, and you'll find several suggestions for putting up Bartletts in the recipes listed on this page. The bright red color of Red Bartletts is only skin deep, so it will make no difference in preserving recipes whether you use Yellow or Red Bartletts because you will peel them. Both Yellow and Red Bartletts have a definitive flavor and sweetness, making them the best all-around choice for processing. Their flesh is more dense, allowing them to hold shape during processing.
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Red Bartletts and Starkrimson offer the same great flavors as Yellow Bartletts, but their color simply adds to their plate appeal! Consider sliced red summer pears to liven up green salads or other recipes. Always remember that any recipe calling for apples can be made using fresh pears. Visit the Recipe Files.
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The Red Bartlett, known also as 'Max Red', was first discovered as a bud sport on a regular Bartlett tree near Zillah, Washington in 1938. A "bud sport" is a naturally occurring transformation that develops occasionally on fruit trees. Often they are unnoticed, and even when discovered, the resulting fruit is not always commercially viable.

The Starkrimson also originally occurred as a sport, or a spontaneous mutation. It was discovered in Missouri as a branch of red pears growing on a tree of Clapp’s Favorite (a green pear not produced commercially in the Northwest). The discovery was made in the early 1950’s.

In 1956, this beautiful red pear was patented by Stark Brothers Nursery and propagated by that firm, hence the name Starkrimson. Because it takes roughly six to eight years for a young pear tree to bear any notable volume, it was a few years before the variety caught on. Now more orchards are bearing this variety in abundance, and the Starkrimson is becoming an easy to find variety in produce markets.
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