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The comice pear is one of the most fragile of varieties due to its juice-heavy content when ripe. Handle with care and you will be rewarded!

Scientific Binomial Name: Pyrus spp.


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.


Avoid product with soft spots or scars that are more than skin-deep.

Too much yellow means a Comice pear is over-ripe.


Unripe pears may be stored in the refrigerator for long periods and still ripen correctly. Ripen in a cool, dark place.

Handle with care, especially when fully ripe. Once ripe, pears may be refrigerated for a few days.


Product that is extremely hard will ripen best at room temperature. Only refrigerate after ripening or if you want to slow down the ripening of some of your pears.

You can speed ripening by placing a ripe banana in a sealed plastic bag with your pears.

Pears are ripe when they yield slightly to gentle pressure at the stem end and the skin has a slight waxy feel.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Comice Pears are low-fat, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. They're also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

  • 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.

    In The Odyssey, the Greek poet Homer calls pears a "gift of the gods."

    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.

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