How to choose pears

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Good, juicy and sweet pears are not so easy to choose, as they are much less common than tree-like tasteless pears that flooded stores. However, with proper skill, the best specimens from the total mass stand out relatively easily. We will talk about how this can be done today. And besides, consider a few of the most popular varieties of pears.

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General Rules

As is the case with many other fruits (for example, peaches, about which I recently wrote a similar article), good ripe pears are determined by three main features: color, degree of hardness / softness and smell. Accordingly, when choosing pears, you need to pay attention to these three parameters.

Let’s start with color. The colour shall correspond to that of the class. I will say right away, although delicious green pears are sometimes found, but in some cases the abundance of greens is a sign that the pear is unripe, which means that it is hard and tasteless. This is mainly true of pears, which in a ripe state should have a yellow or yellow-red color (Duchess, Forest Beauty). But even those that normally have a yellowish-greenish color (for example, Pakham) should not be clearly green.

Moving on to tactile sensations. A pear that feels like a stone is most likely a bad pear. On a ripe and delicious pear, there will certainly be soft, elastic places: quite a bit soft, of course. Sometimes these soft places can be a little rotten: it’s okay, such a pear can be very good, you just need to eat it soon. But pears with large spots of rot should definitely not be taken, not to mention the nests of mold and significant exfoliation (“exfoliation”) of the peel.

The next parameter is smell. Alas, modern supermarket pears rarely have a pronounced smell. And the presence of a pleasant smell does not guarantee a good taste: varieties are different, and the taste characteristics also depend on the place of growth, a particular farm and the technologies used by it. In general, a good and pleasant smell is a weighty argument in favor of the corresponding pear, and the absence of smell is a strong argument “against”.

Now for the pricing. Personally, I have not been able to identify any clear relationship between the quality (taste) of pears and price. For 150-200 rubles / kg it is quite possible to buy tasteless “wooden” pears, and for 100 rubles / kg you can sometimes find excellent specimens.

Oh, and one more thing. I would not advise buying unripe pears in the hope that they will ripen. There is a high probability that they will not really ripen, but they will begin to flabby or even rot. As a matter of fact, this is true of almost all fruits: peaches, apricots, apples…

Some varieties

Now consider the key characteristics of the most common varieties of pears.

Conference. One of the most reliable options. This pear is easy to recognize by appearance: on a greenish-yellow background, a copious brownish-brownish “blush” seems to be sprayed. In shape, this pear is elongated, narrow. The ripe Conference is soft and juicy, its taste is pleasant and sweet, although sometimes the sweetness is more than it should be. It is worth remembering that in an immature state, the Conference, like any other pear, is hard and tasteless. The shelf life of unripe specimens is good, in very ripe ones – bad.

On sale Conference is found all year round, because it is grown in the Southern Hemisphere: for example, in South Africa and New Zealand.

Williams. In the mature state, this pear has a yellow or greenish-yellow color; in addition, it may have a reddish blush. It is not cloying, not sour and not tart, with a rich harmonious taste and juicy pulp. The best specimens are great, and I like them more than the Conference because they’re not as sweet.

Pakham. The pear is greenish-yellow in color. Obtained by crossing Williams with another variety. Not very elongated and wide at the base – I would say squat and stocky. If Pakham is ripe, then it is delicious, quite soft, juicy. It’s not as sweet as the Conference; he has more tart notes. The price is usually the same as for the Conference. In terms of shelf life, Pakham, perhaps, is somewhat superior to this competitor. In its immature state, it is hard and inedible. Clearly green and hard as the Pakham Stone should be avoided.

Duchess. It can be summer and winter. Summer Duchess is another name for the Williams variety. As a rule, what is sold in stores under the name Duchess is a fragrant yellow pear with a reddish blush. In a ripe state, juicy, tasty, moderately sweet. Usually not very expensive. On sale is late summer and autumn.

Abbot. An elongated pear is yellow in color and with a red blush. It can be littered with numerous brownish dots, like the Conference. In a ripe state, it is quite pleasant and tasty, but I would not say that the taste corresponds to the price: the fact is that pears of this variety are expensive. If the Abbot is immature, then he is very hard, has a green side and tasteless flesh, which in this case is more appropriately called “hardness”.

Chinese, crystal, crisp (the names are very different). Light yellow pear, often with brown dots. Like Pakham, squat and stocky, but in shape closer to the ball. Its flesh is hard even in a ripe state. The taste is close to neutral, uninteresting. The main advantage: excellent shelf life. In its immature state, the crystal pear fully justifies this name: it is as hard and as inedible as crystal.

Forest Beauty. Pears of this variety come from the Krasnodar Territory. They are also yellow with a red blush, but are usually slightly smaller in size than Duchess, and also more elongated. The taste characteristics leave much to be desired, although a couple of times I came across very decent specimens. This pear is inexpensive, on sale it is only in late summer and autumn. A variety close to forest beauty is Talgar beauty, bred in Kazakhstan.

Of course, in stores there are pears and other varieties, but I either did not try them or tried them for a long time, so I do not really remember what nuances there are in taste and pulp. The overall impression was very blurry, neutral.

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