Scientific Binomial Name: Pyrus communis
Eaten fresh, in salads or use in fruit baskets.
A good-quality Comice pear will be medium-sized or larger with no bruises and only a few minor scuff marks. The coloring will be green-yellow with an occasional red blush. Pears are ripe when they yield to gentle pressure at the stem end.
Avoid product with soft spots or scars that are more than skin-deep. Too much yellow means a Comice pear is over ripe. Product that is extremely hard will ripen best at room temperature.
Handle with care, especially when fully ripe. Ripen in a cool, dark place. Pears may be refrigerated for a few days.
Comice pears are available August through March.
Comice Pear Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 medium pear (166g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Comice Pears are low-fat, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. They're also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
Pear Tips & Trivia
- Ripen pears at room temperature in a sealed plastic bag with a couple of ripe bananas. When the pear is ripe, refrigerate until you are ready to eat it.
- Pears are cousins of apples. American varieties come from Europe, where they migrated from central Asia. Early colonists brought the first trees to America where they thrived until blights became severe. Most pears are now grown west of the Rockies where diseases are less of a problem.