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
AUGUST 25, 2014
Ontario Pears Are Now In Stores!
Ontario Bartlett Pears are now available in grocery stores and at local Farmers' Markets! Get them while they last and check out our recipe page [read more]
AUGUST 24, 2014
Coronation Grapes Now Available!
Ontario Coronation Grapes are now available at your local grocery stores and Farmers' Markets! It's a great crop this year! Get them while they last [read more]
AUGUST 22, 2014
In-Store Sampling on now!
For the next 4 weeks Ontario Tender Fruit will be available for sampling at some of your favourite Grocery Stores in Ontario! Take a look [read more]
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]