When you say "Pear," most people picture a Yellow Bartlett. Wonderfully aromatic with a classic "pear flavor" and ample sweetness, Yellow Bartlett pears have a classic appearance and "pear shape," with a rounded bell on the bottom half of the fruit, then a definitive shoulder with a smaller neck or stem end. Discovered originally in 1765 by a schoolmaster in England named Mr. Stair, the Bartlett was first referred to as Stair's Pear. Enoch Bartlett of Dorchester, Massachusetts acquired one of the first U.S. estates to plant the variety, and not knowing the identity of the trees, Bartlett propagated and introduced the variety to the United States under his own name.
Bartlett Pears Availability
The Bartlett pear harvest is typically in late August to early September. And are available until the spring.
Bartlett Pear Taste & Ripeness
The Bartlett is a bright yellow pear that changes color as it ripens. The tender, juicy, buttery fruit is outstanding for fresh eating as well as excellent for canning or cooking. Even though the Yellow Bartlett will change color as it ripens, as with most pears, the very best way to check the ripeness of your Bartlett is to check the neck.