The Season for Pears

Once more Rob Clisdell has provided me with  information regarding seasonal fruits and their best uses – in this case pears. 

 In the following chart the varieties of pears are listed according to order of ripening.  The list does not include all possible varieties, but provides a simple guide to many of the common varieties and their best culinary uses. Again, Rob hastens to add, these are recommendations only. 

 Rob says that the new season’s trees are starting to show up in stores, and that they are generally in good condition with little or no damage to the tree. 

 

Variety

 

Eating

 

 

Bottling

 

Drying

 

Cooking

 

Comments

 

Clapps

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 
 

Williams (WBC)

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

The best pear for bottling.  It can be misshapen due to the cool spring in Tasmania

 

Packham

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 
 

Beurre Bosch

 

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

This would be the best pear for cooking due to its exceptional flavour.  Those grown in Tasmania are best due to the cools night which give the best flavour

 

Winter Cole

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

This is the Moor Park of pear in Tasmania

 

Josephine

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 
 

Winter Neils

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Not common, but may be found in older back yards and very old orchards     

 

Colrella

 

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

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