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D'Anjou Pear

Dec 15, 2017

You might not know it by name, but the D'Anjou pear is one of  the top three consumed pears in the US. 

Appearance & Flavor 
This egg-shaped medium-sized pear never changes from its bright green skin as it ripens. However, some will have a red blush on only one side, which is the side that received the most sun while on the tree. Its flesh is white, dense, and, when ripe, very juicy. The sweet flavor has citrus undertones.

Ways to Enjoy 
It's the season for baking. You won't regret taking this spiced bread to the family potluck or serving it to your holiday guests. D'Anjou pears ripen from the inside out, so you know that they're ripe if they give to slight pressure. Did you know that D'Anjou pears are one of the best pears to cook with? Add slices to salads and make sauces and purees with them, or just enjoy them raw.

Availability & Origin
These pears are available from September to July and peak in the winter months. D'Anjou pears are all over the place; they're said to have originated in Belgium, are named after a region in France, and grow in Argentina. They made their way to the United States in the mid-1900s and today, they grow in Oregon and Washington.

When ripe, they will last in the fridge for a few days. When not quite ripe and stored in room temperature, the pears will begin to ripen within a few days.

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