Flavor Insight: Pear

October 5, 2015
Flavor Fruit Ingredients Trends

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Pear This, Pear That

There are over 5,000 varieties of pears grown throughout the world in temperate climates. France is known for its superior pears and in the United States most of the cropis  from California, Oregon and Washington. Mother Nature protected the easily bruised pear by making it better when picked while still hard. Unlike most fruit, it improves in both texture and flavor after it’s picked.

Pears range in shape from spherical to bell-shaped and in color from celadon green to golden yellow to tawny red. Ripe pears are juicy and depending on the variety, can range in flavor from spicy to sweet to tart.

Pears are in season from late July to early spring, depending on the variety and the region. When picking pears, choose those that are fragrant and free of blemishes. They contain small amounts of phosphorus and vitamin A.

Lions & Tigers & Pears! Oh My!

There are several mentions of pear in print media including:

In January 2015, Good Food Magazine based in the UK included a recipe for a fruit plait. This kid friendly treat is similar to a strudel with ready-rolled puff pastry rather than filo. The recipe calls for apples, pears, apricot jam, cinnamon, and honey. It wouldn’t be a children’s treat with a dollop of ice cream served up with it.

Saveur’s March 2015 issue featured a recipe for spiced pear syrup. This syrup was used to make a chili cocktail that was featured in a 2013 issue. This syrup combines pear puree, fresh ginger, nutmeg, sugar, and a cinnamon stick. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make!

Pears are not a year round fruit, so it is no surprise that Cooking Light featured it in its “What’s in Season?” section.  The article discusses a few of the different types of pears. The Anjou is described as the “most abundant variety” which is why it is usually the kind you will find in a supermarket during the late spring and early summer. The Bosc pear is great for poaching and preserve-making because it holds its shape very well. Seckel pears are the smallest commercially grown variety and often used as garnishes.

Bloggers Love Pear Too!

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream, The Pioneer Woman

Prickly Pear, Beer Man

Pear-Ginger Pork Chops, MensFitness.com

Goat Cheese Cheesecake with roasted Rosemary Pears, WholeFoodsMarket.com

Pear on Social Media


The search for “pear” gives users Tweets and Twitpics of various pear dishes. The results range from a vegan friendly and gluten free Caramel Pear Bake to a Chicken, Brie, & Pear Sandwich with Balsamic Onions. Bartholomew’s Pub in Victoria, British Colombia tweet the specials of the day which featured a Caramelized Pear & Chorizo Pizza.


There are over 3,000 pear related dishes on food.com. Some of the dishes include apple, pear, and cucumber salad; sweet potato and pear soup; and pork chops with pears. Some other recipes are for pear honey, pear jam, harvest pear crumb pie, and vanilla poached pears.


Pinterest is filled with pear inspired recipes. There is a recipe for pear butter, cinnamon baked pears, pear and vanilla jam, pear crisps, and a pear tart. There pins relating to choosing the perfect pear in your recipes, as well as a pin for the “7 reasons to eat more pears”.

Pear On the Menu

Grilled Pear and Roquefort Tart, Sanford RestaurantPoached Pear and Arugula Salad, Blue Ginger RestaurantPear Necessity, Texas Steakhouse & SaloonCompressed D’Anjou Pears, Stephan PylesPear Mojito, Cut 432Caramelized Pear, Aureole NY

Chef Melody Bishop of Lark on the Park created this delicious arugula, pear, and pomegranate fall salad. She likes to make it with Fuyu persimmons, but says that Asian pears also work well with the flavor combo. Place arugula and lettuce, pears, pomegranate seeds and walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette. Toss gently to coat leaves evenly. Taste and adjust salt or dressing if necessary. Gently lift leaves out and place on a platter. Top with the dressed seeds, pear slices and walnuts that tend to sink to the bottom of the bowl. Top salad with chèvre. Source: Dallasnews.com

Pear New Product Introductions - Global

Between 2009 - 2014, there have been 3,420 new product launches globally.

The top categories are Desserts, Yogurt and Baby Fruit Products

Products of Note

Dried Pear & Apricot Roll: South Africa

Apple & Pear Flavored Oat Drink: Finland

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Pear New Product Introductions - North America

Between 2009 - 2014, there have been 350 new product launches in North America.

The top categories are Desserts, Yogurt and Baby Fruit Products

Products of Note

Siggi's Icelandic Sty;e Cream-Skyr Strained Low Fat Spiced Pear Yogurt

Ciao Bella Bartlett Pear Hibiscus Sorbetto


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