Pears are an excellent source of fibre and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. They are sodium, fat and cholesterol free.
The major varieties grown in Ontario are Bartlett (the overwhelming favorite), Clapp's Favourite, Bosc and Flemish Beauty.
Bartlett, the most common pear world-wide, is bell-shaped, sweet and soft with a light green skin that turns yellow when ripe. It has long been prized for canning and has a buttery texture and mild, sweet flavour.
Clapp's Favourite is similar to the Bartlett in shape, with white flesh and exceptional sweetness. Its skin turns golden yellow when ripe.
Bosc has an elegant elongated shape with a slender neck and is still relatively crunchy when ripe. An unripe Bosc has brown skin that changes to a golden russet colour as it ripens. It's flesh is yellow and buttery, sweet, and juicy, making it best enjoyed eaten fresh.
Flemish Beauty is roundish, with thick clear yellow skin speckled with red when ripe. The creamy colored flesh becomes meltingly tender when ripe.
ontario pear news
JULY 25, 2014
Ontario Peaches hit the stores this week!
Ontario Peaches are now available in stores and at local farmers' markets! Get them now before they are gone, and don't forget to make peaches [read more]
JULY 18, 2014
Ontario Tart Cherries in Pails are Now Available
Ontario Tart Cherries in pails are now available. Quantities are limited so they won't last long![read more]
JULY 15, 2014
Ontario Yellow Plums Now Available in Stores!
Ontario Yellow Plums are starting to arrive in stores! Get them while they last!
JULY 15, 2014
Ontario Tender Fruit Season Is About To Kick-off
Big season ahead for peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and grapes
For immediate release
Niagara, ON, July 15, 2014 – Ontario tender fruit and fresh grape growers are [read more]
ontario pear events
AUGUST 09, 2014 - AUGUST 10, 2014
Niagara-On-The-Lake Peach Celebration
It's a two day Peach celebration as Niagara-on-the-Lake pays tribute to the growers and those who promote fresh peaches![read more]
AUGUST 22, 2014 - AUGUST 24, 2014
Winona Peach Festival
The Winona Peach Festival is a group of 20 community churches, sports and service organizations who put together a great weekend of fun for all [read more]