Our Greenyard farms in Argentina and South Africa also grow pears as well as apples. Pears from Argentina are especially renowned for their fantastic taste, while Greenyard South Africa has a great reputation for producing high quality pears.

As with apples we source pears from many countries throughout the year. Conference pear, which is the dominant variety of the category, is chiefly sourced from Holland and Belgium. Other varieties of pears are available from Argentina, South Africa, France and Italy.

Main Varieties:

conference Conference
The most popular of pear varieties. With an easily recognisable elongated shape and deep green colour. It has a wonderful, light, sweet and juicy taste.
packhams Packham
Perhaps not the most aesthetically perfect pear, with a green bumpy skin that turns yellow upon ripening. The taste however far outweighs the slightly odd look, as it has a succulent and rich flavour. The fruit is best when ripened, which may take between 3 and 7 days at room temperature.
williams Williams
The most commonly grown variety of pear. It is common in UK supermarkets in cans as well as fresh. A green elongated pear with a smooth green skin which turns yellow when ripe and ready. It’s seen by some as the “definitive” pear taste and it’s wonderfully sweet, juicy and aromatic.
comice Comice
The perfect pear for Christmas day. It has a large, round, almost dumpy shape. The skin can be green or yellow/brown often with a red blush. It has a creamy white texture and is far less gritty than some pear varieties. A superb caramel-sweet, juicy bite.
rocha Rocha
A native Portuguese pear. It is usually a yellow colour with a bright white flesh. It’s a firm crunchy refreshingly juicy and sweet bite.
forelle Forelle
One of the most striking looking pear varieties. It has a beautiful bell shape and freckled green skin with a deep red blush. Yet another pear thats green colour turns yellow when ripe. Sometimes the taste can range from quite bland to extremely sweet, certainly an acquired, almost perfumed taste.
taylors-gold Taylor’s Gold
Gaining popularity in the UK marketplace, this striking looking pear with a cinnamon/gold smooth russeted skin has a delicately perfumed, creamy, juicy and tender bite with a rich, sweet flavour.


Did you Know?

Honey bees are regarded as the most efficient and most important pollinators of pear trees. This is despite the fact that pear flowers produce very little nectar, with bees primarily foraging on them for pollen.

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