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Pears have been grown in California since the Gold Rush. The fruit originated in Eastern Europe or Asia Minor, and it has been cultivated since prehistoric times. Members of the family Rosaceae, pears have many sweet edible kin, among them apples, loquats, strawberries, almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums. Pyrus communis, the classic European pear, gained popularity in Italy and France during the Middle Ages, and the number of varieties steadily increased. In the 1600s, a Massachusetts company ordered pear seeds from a British seed company, and their cultivation in the US began. Western coastal states now produce most of America’s pears, primarily Bartlett and Bosc varieties.

Pear Pairings

Pears, wine and cheese are a classic combination. Here are some suggested pairings for pear varieties and cheeses you can find at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, with wines that are produced locally.

Warren pears with Point Reyes Farmstead Blue Cheese and a late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Bartlett pears with triple-cream cheese like Mt. Tam or Red Hawk and a sweet Muscat wine

Bosc Pears with fresh goat cheese, honey, and an unoaked Chardonnay

Asian pears with Capricious cheese or St George and Pinot Noir

In Season

August, September, October, November

Recipes with Pears

Harvest Fruit Salad

CUESA’s Food Shed

St. Martin's Day Roast Duck with Pears and Prunes

Nichole Accettola, Kantine


Sautéed Quince and Pear Pie

Reggie Harris, Pie Contest Winner

Pear and Hazelnut Crumb Pie

Caroline Chow, Pie Contest Winner

Articles about Pears

November 04, 2005

Pears ~ Tasting and Pairing


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