Each pear variety has its own character defined by a unique flavor and appearance. Pears, in general, retain their identity as a fruit set apart from other fruits in that all fully ripe pears are sweet, smooth textured and exhibit a completely distinctive “pear flavor,” aroma, and texture. Grown in the Hood River Valley, Duckwall Fruit packed pears benefit from the outstanding local growing conditions and exhibit a subtle and unique flavor. If you would like to learn more about pear topics such as nutrition, recipes, and other tidbits, please visit





Harvested in September/October, the Anjou is the most widely available pear in produce departments through June. Anjou pears do not change color as they ripen, so “check the neck” and when the stem end gives to gentle pressure, it’s ripe. Anjous are juicy and smooth when ripe and have a sweet mellow flavor.



The Bartlett is a very familiar pear that is excellent for fresh eating, canning or cooking. It has a sweet pear flavor. Bartletts found in the grocery store are usually green, but change to yellow as they ripen. Bartletts are available August through January.





The Bosc pear is an old pear ideal for baking and cooking and has a spicy sweet flavor when ripe. It has a swan like neck and long stem. The skin is sandy textured with a rustic brown hue. Bosc pears are available from September through April.



The Forelle pear turns bright yellow with crimson freckling when ripe. They are one of the most colorful pears and are sweet and very juicy. Forelle pears are smaller in size and are known as a “snacking” pear.





The Packham pear is a medium to large, bumpy green pear. The taste is sweet and juicy. The Packham is best eaten out of hand, but can also be baked and sautéed. This pear was bred in Australia by Charles Henry Packham in the 1890s.


Red Anjou

Red Anjous are very similar to green Anjous, and have an identical shape to their green kin. Production of this popular pear has increased resulting in product availability from late September through the spring months.



Seckels are tiny pears, with a chubby, round body, small neck and short stem. Seckels are the smallest of all commercially grown pears. They are so sweet that they are sometimes called sugar pears.



Starkrimson is a brilliant, solid red pear. This variety is very similar to the Bartlett pear, in size, shape, and usage, but may have a more noticeable floral aroma.