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Comice Pears from France

The Queen Mother of Pears

These large fruits are sought for both their sweet­ness and aro­ma. The species orig­i­nat­ed in Ang­iers, France, and are usu­al­ly har­vest­ed in late Octo­ber, then allowed to ripen to their sweet­est in November.


These pears are large, with squat, bul¬≠bous bases and tapered, round¬≠ed necks. Their yel¬≠low-green skin is smooth, taut, and del¬≠i¬≠cate, and it bruis¬≠es eas¬≠i¬≠ly. Occa¬≠sion¬≠al¬≠ly, these pears will have a bright red blush to them. Under¬≠neath the sur¬≠face, the flesh is white to ivory, soft, and fin¬≠er-grained than most oth¬≠er win¬≠ter pear vari¬≠eties. These are some of the most aro¬≠mat¬≠ic of pears, and have a juicy, ten¬≠der, but¬≠ter-melt¬≠ing qual¬≠i¬≠ty to them. When ripe, they devel¬≠op a sweet and sub¬≠tly tangy fla¬≠vor with delight¬≠ful notes of vanil¬≠la and cinnamon.


Comice pears are typ¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly eat¬≠en raw, both to show¬≠case their sweet fla¬≠vor and because their ten¬≠der¬≠ness makes them break apart eas¬≠i¬≠ly when cooked or baked. They‚Äôre love¬≠ly both as part of a cheese tray‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČespe¬≠cial¬≠ly one with blue cheeses, goat cheese, and Brie de Meaux‚ÄĒand as top¬≠pings over break¬≠fast foods like oat¬≠meal and pan¬≠cakes. They‚Äôre excel¬≠lent with pecans, wal¬≠nuts, and a driz¬≠zle of hon¬≠ey. One pop¬≠u¬≠lar way to cook and use them is to poach them first. 

Because of their ten¬≠der¬≠ness, Comice pears are del¬≠i¬≠cate to cook or bake. One pop¬≠u¬≠lar way to pre¬≠pare them, though, is to poach them and serve them with a scoop of vanil¬≠la bean ice cream. Try a tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al French clafoutis or a crisp, cres¬≠cent-shaped rugelach. They are love¬≠ly when blend¬≠ed in a grani¬≠ta with hon¬≠ey and green tea. For cock¬≠tail lovers, do make your¬≠selves a spiced pear mojito!


Comice pears are for¬≠mal¬≠ly called Doyenne du Comice in France. Doyenne basi¬≠cal¬≠ly means ‚Äč‚ÄúQueen Moth¬≠er‚ÄĚ and Comice comes from ‚Äč‚Äúcomice agri¬≠cole‚ÄĚ mean¬≠ing ‚Äč‚Äúagri¬≠cul¬≠tur¬≠al show‚ÄĚ. Putting that togeth¬≠er, you get ‚Äč‚Äúbest-in-show‚ÄĚ or, more clas¬≠si¬≠cal¬≠ly, Queen of the Hop. It‚Äôs fit¬≠ting for this pear‚Äôs rep¬≠u¬≠ta¬≠tion. How¬≠ev¬≠er, there is a sec¬≠ond way that this pear‚Äôs French name is spelled: Doyen¬≠n√© du Comice. A Doyen¬≠n√© is a dean¬≠ery, the res¬≠i¬≠dence of the head of a church or uni¬≠ver¬≠si¬≠ty. Spelled this way, the pear‚Äôs name means ‚Äč‚ÄúDean of the Show‚ÄĚ. Which way do you pre¬≠fer it?


This is a pre-ordered item at The Bow Tie Duck and will only be avail¬≠able while the pro¬≠duc¬≠er from over¬≠seas is able to sup¬≠ply and allow air-flown deliv¬≠ery. Because this item is sub¬≠ject to sea¬≠son¬≠al avail¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty, we require a total min¬≠i¬≠mum quan¬≠ti¬≠ty of 5kg to be able to ship. If the mini¬≠mum is not met by our cut-off date, we will have to delay the entire ship¬≠ment. In case of deliv¬≠ery delays, deliv¬≠ery can¬≠cel¬≠la¬≠tions, ‚Äč‚Äúout of stock‚ÄĚ notices, or ‚Äč‚Äúout of sea¬≠son‚ÄĚ notices after pur¬≠chase, you will be con¬≠tact¬≠ed by our Sup¬≠port Team. You will receive a refund or prod¬≠uct replace¬≠ment, or you can choose a new deliv¬≠ery date for your item. In choos¬≠ing to place an order, you agree to the terms and have read that this par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar prod¬≠uct is not on-hand. After a short wait, you will receive your orders fresh from the source.

Storage Instructions

Comice pears are great pears for long-term stor¬≠age. Store them in the coolest part of the refrig¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tor, at about ‚ÄĎ1¬įC, but not much cold¬≠er or it will dam¬≠age the fruit. This post-pick¬≠ing chill time can last up to 2 weeks. If you‚Äôd like them to ripen faster, leave them out on the counter for up to a week. Once you can feel the nar¬≠row¬≠est part give a lit¬≠tle under your fin¬≠ger, your pear is ripe. If you‚Äôre not ready to eat all your pears at this point, put them back in the fridge and they‚Äôll last anoth¬≠er 3 to 5 days.

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