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 12, 2013
Innovation drives success of family fruit business
Innovation and new technology keeps the family tradition going for future generations.
Fruit grower Phil Tregunno is proud of being the fourth generation of his family [read more]
AUGUST 19, 2013
Simply Delicious: Ontario peaches
Weather conditions really took a bite out of peaches last year. Although hail storms affected some crops this season, things are looking a lot better. [read more]
AUGUST 16, 2013
Breeding new plum a sweet gig for University of Guelph scientist
It’s a plum gig coming up with new fruit for farmers to grow and people to eat.
Just ask Jay Subramanian, a tree fruit breeder with [read more]
AUGUST 15, 2013
Plums are featured in recipes for crepes, endive and hazelnut salad and soup
Here are some recipes to try using plums.
Plum Crepes With Cardamom and Honey Whipped Cream
These crepes are delicious for breakfast, brunch or dessert. The plums [read more]
ontario pear events
JUNE 19, 2013 - JUNE 19, 2013
Essex Kent Orchard Tour 2013