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
DECEMBER 10, 2014
Tender Fruit Research Receives Funding
A University of Guelph professor will play a leading role in a new research project designed to strengthen Ontario’s fruit industry. Through the Vineland [read more]
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Grant to help with earlier varieties of fruit
By Don Fraser, QMI Agency
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 6:06:46 EST PM
A federal grant will help researchers develop Ontario tender fruit varieties that can be [read more]
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
Advancing Tree Fruit and Fresh Grape Sectors in Canada
For Immediate Release
VINELAND, Ontario, November 10, 2014 – A new research program is focusing on changing and improving the product mix for Ontario [read more]
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
Harper Government Invests to Introduce New Tender Fruit and Fresh Grape Varieties
November 10, 2014 – Vineland Station, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Member of Parliament Dean Allison (Niagara West-Glanbrook), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry [read more]