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Bosc pears are medium to large in size and are oblong in shape with a rounded bottom that gradually tapers to an elongated neck and a slender green-brown stem. The thick skin is golden tan and is covered in rough, brown russeting with some mottling. The ivory to off-white flesh is firm, dense, and crisp with an intense honeyed aroma and has a central, soft core encasing a few small black-brown seeds. When ripe, Bosc pears are juicy, crunchy, and have a very sweet flavor with notes of woodsy spice.
Bosc pears are available in the fall through early spring.
Bosc pears, botanically classified as Pyrus communis, are a unique winter variety and are members of the Rosaceae family along with apples, apricots, and peaches. Bosc pears are known throughout Europe by many different names, and those names have been carried with them around the world. These names include the European pear, Kaiser Alexander, the Beurré Bosc for their buttery flavor, and the Calabasse Bosc for its gourd-like shape. Bosc pears are favored as both a fresh eating and cooking variety and will ripen from the inside out at an earlier stage than most other varieties due to its dense flesh. To check for ripeness, press the base of the stem to see if the flesh gives a bit and look for occasional wrinkling. It is important to remember that Bosc pears will give slightly less than other pear varieties when ripe and should be checked regularly.
Bosc pears contain vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and dietary fiber.
Bosc pears are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as broiling, baking, poaching, and drying. They can be consumed fresh, out-of-hand at room temperature or can be sliced and dipped in dark chocolate for a sweet treat. They can also be sliced for green leafy salads or displayed on cheese boards. A common misconception is that Bosc pears must be peeled or cooked before being consumed, which is neither true nor necessary. Bosc pears stand up to cooking and retain their shape, making them ideal for tarts, pies, popovers, glazing, and poaching. They can also be halved, grilled and topped with gorgonzola cheese and chopped walnuts, layered in sandwiches and on pizza, mixed into oatmeal, pureed into soup, or sliced into pancakes. Bosc pears compliment pesto, browned butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, walnut, hazelnut, mint, chocolate, gorgonzola, burrata, goat cheese, honey, red onions, butternut squash, dates, garlic, chicken, and pork. They should be kept at room temperature until ripe and will keep up to an additional week when stored in the refrigerator.
Bosc pears have appeared in paintings, photographs, and drawings for centuries due to their unique shape, coloring, and unusual russet texture. The natural beauty of pears has also appeared in references in literature from Shakespeare and Leonardo Da Vinci, pictured in Roman mosaics, found in paintings at the ruins of Pompei and displayed in the works of 19th-century Impressionists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.
The origin of Bosc pears is unknown, as confusion exists over whether they are native to France or Belgium. One belief is that the Bosc pear was raised from a seed in 1807 Belgium by M. Bosc, the Director of the Paris Botanical Garden. He named the pear Buerré Blanc, for its buttery texture and after himself. Bosc pears are also known in some parts of Europe as Beurré d'Appremont, which is the other belief that the pear was named for a French town. Bosc pears were first planted in the United States in the early 1830s and were first harvested in 1836. Originally planted in the Eastern part of the country, they now thrive in the Pacific Northwest United States. Today Bosc pears are widely available and can be found at farmers markets and specialty grocers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - Tatum BlvdNear Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
10810 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix AZ 85028
About 265 days ago, 1/06/20
Union Square Greenmarket
Migliorelli FarmNear New York, United States
46 Freeborn Ln, Tivoli, New York 12583 Ge
About 267 days ago, 1/04/20
Union Square Greenmarket
Locust Grove Fruit FarmNear New York, United States
About 267 days ago, 1/04/20
Sharer's comments : New York grown Bosc pears!
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Jeff RiegerNear Santa Monica, California, United States
1380 Taylor Road Penyrn CA 95663
About 361 days ago, 10/02/19
Sharer's comments : Sexy Bosc Pears in ! Very Sweet Chefs
Buy Low Market
Buy Low Market - State College BlvdNear Anaheim, California, United States
1086 N State College Blvd. Anaheim CA 92806
About 463 days ago, 6/22/19
Sprouts Farmers Market Near La Jolla, California, United States
About 547 days ago, 3/30/19
Sharer's comments : Fresh!
Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market Near Coronado, California, United States
About 565 days ago, 3/12/19
Barons Marketplace Near San Diego, California, United States
About 565 days ago, 3/12/19
Sharer's comments : Bosc Pears spotted at Barons Marketplace. Beautiful, copper Bosc pears.
Ballard Farmer's Market
Collins Family OrchardsNear Seattle, Washington, United States
931 Parish Rd, Selah 98942
About 609 days ago, 1/27/19
Sharer's comments : Bosc Pears spotted at Ballard Farmer's Market. Crunchy and sweet, its the perfect baking pear!
Leucadia Farmers Market
Jacy FarmNear Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States
About 714 days ago, 10/14/18
Sharer's comments : Bosc Pears spotted at Leucadia Farmers Market .