Comice pears are unique in their short and squat shape, which I find adorable. Comice pears were first cultivated in the mid-1800s near Angers, France and were introduced to the market in 1849.
The yellow-green skin is smooth with prominent lenticels or pores and mayave red blushing on one side of the fruit where the sun’s rays were most direct. The skin is soft, very fragile, and tender. The flesh is ivory to off-white and is silky, creamy, moist, and fine-grained. When ripe, Comice pears have buttery and very juicy texture, are highly aromatic and have an exceptionally sweet, mellow, and earthy flavor.
Comice are excellent for canning and baking, since they hold their shape well when cooked. The fruit itself has an excellent shelf life, which is why they are often known as the Christmas pear and show up in baskets during the holiday season.
Three pounds for $6