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Most Popular Pear Varieties To Eat

From Bosc to Comice, these pears are some of the most popular to try.

The pear is a delicious addition to any nutritious diet. It offers a juicy alternative to the more common fruits like apples and bananas. 

A handful of wild pears on a sunny day

Not only are they high in insoluble fiber that makes us feel fuller for longer, but they’re also packed with many other great health benefits.

Some benefits of pears include possessing excellent antiaging, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory qualities while being great for the skin with its high concentration of antioxidants. These fantastic benefits are all thanks to its high quantities of fiber, Vitamin C, and copper.

For your convenience, I’ve compiled a list of 11 varieties and types of pears and what makes each unique.

Types of Pears

Learn about common kinds of pears so you can best enjoy this fruit!


Anjou Pears

The Anjou pear is a refreshingly sweet type of pear with a slightly soft and juicy texture.

This pear is in season from October to July. Thanks to its all-purpose nature, the Anjou pear is very common and is excellent whether grilled, baked, or in a salad.

I find this type of pear incredible when broiled, which helps to deepen and enhance its citrus notes.


Bartlett Pears / Williams Pears

The Bartlett pear is a refreshingly sweet type of pear with an enticing aroma.

This pear is in season from August to February.

I find this type of pear incredible when snacked on; thanks to its highly juicy and soft texture, it makes an excellent thirst-quenching treat after an intensive workout.


Bosc Pears

The Bosc pear is honey-sweet with a woodsy aroma. This pear is in season from September to April.

The Bosc pear is typically best when grilled, baked, or sauteed since the heat will soften it and unlock its full flavor panel.

I find this type of pear perfect when used in a pie since it holds its texture, and cinnamon, nutmeg, or other such spices won’t overpower its flavor.


Seckel Pears

The Seckel pear is a sweet type of pear with a very crisp, almost crunchy texture.

This pear is in season from September to February. I find this type of pear makes a delicious treat when poached.

Thanks to its small size, the Seckel pear can be poached whole and snacked on whenever.


Comice Pears

The Comice pear is a charmingly sweet type of pear with a very soft, juicy texture and a unique, almost buttery flavor.

This pear is in season from September to February.

Thanks to its uncannily butter-like taste, I find this type of pear makes a perfect pairing on a cheese platter.


Asian Pears

The Asian pear has a crisp, almost crunchy texture, subtle tart flavor, and floral aroma.

This pear is in season from early fall to winter.

I find this type of pear truly delicious in turnovers, thanks to its firm, crunchy texture that helps it hold up well to heat and subtle tart flavor.

Learn about other great pears for baking!


Concorde Pears

The Concorde pear has a complimentary mix of exceptional sweetness, paired with a very firm, crunchy texture, and a striking hint of vanilla.

This pear is in season from September to February.

Thanks to its uncannily vanilla-like taste, I find this type of pear is a perfect addition to any breakfast cookie recipe.


Forelle Pears

The Forelle pear is sweet with a pleasant tangy bite.

This pear is in season from September to January.

Thanks to its tang, I find this type of pear a perfect, healthy addition to any recipe that includes seafood, such as fish tacos or shrimp skewers.


French Butter Pears

The French Butter pear has a creamy texture, subtle buttery lemon flavor, and unique rose aroma.

This pear is in season from fall to winter.

I find this type of pear truly divine as a jam, thanks to its subtle buttery lemon flavor; it perfectly complements many kinds of scones and biscuits.


Starkrimson

The Starkrimson pear offers a subtle floral aroma.

This pear is in season from August to November.

I find this type of pear ideal on top of a salad; thanks to its overall sweetness and floral essence, it helps an ordinary salad pop in both taste and aesthetic.


Taylor’s Gold

The Taylor’s gold pear will delight you with its subtle honey flavor.

This pear is in season from fall to early winter.

I find this type of pear exceptional in a sorbet; its creamy texture and a hint of honey complement the frozen treat perfectly.


Types of Pears

  1.  Anjou Pears
  2. Bartlett Pears / Williams Pears
  3. Bosc Pears
  4. Seckel Pears
  5. Comice Pears
  6. Asian Pears
  7. Concorde Pears
  8. Forelle Pears
  9. French Butter Pears
  10. Starkrimson
  11. Taylor’s Gold

Final Thoughts

We’ve covered the US-grown type of pears, like the Anjou and the Bartlett, and the rarer imported pears, like the Asian and Taylor’s gold.

Don’t forget to get the best out of your pears; it’s important to enjoy them when they’re in season. You’re now prepared to make healthier, wiser eating choices. Bon appetit.

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.