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Pre-Ordered Air-Flown Comice Pears from France (Rosée Extra Quality)

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.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

These pears are large, with squat, bul­bous bases and tapered, round­ed necks. Their yel­low-green skin is smooth, taut, and del­i­cate, and it bruis­es eas­i­ly. Occa­sion­al­ly, these pears will have a bright red blush to them. Under­neath the sur­face, the flesh is white to ivory, soft, and fin­er-grained than most oth­er win­ter pear vari­eties. These are some of the most aro­mat­ic of pears, and have a juicy, ten­der, but­ter-melt­ing qual­i­ty to them. When ripe, they devel­op a sweet and sub­tly tangy fla­vor with delight­ful notes of vanil­la and cinnamon.

PREPA­RA­TION OR PAIRINGS

Comice pears are typ­i­cal­ly eat­en raw, both to show­case their sweet fla­vor and because their ten­der­ness makes them break apart eas­i­ly when cooked or baked. They’re love­ly both as part of a cheese tray — espe­cial­ly one with blue cheeses, goat cheese, and Brie de Meaux—and as top­pings over break­fast foods like oat­meal and pan­cakes. They’re excel­lent with pecans, wal­nuts, and a driz­zle of hon­ey. One pop­u­lar way to cook and use them is to poach them first. 

Because of their ten­der­ness, Comice pears are del­i­cate to cook or bake. One pop­u­lar way to pre­pare them, though, is to poach them and serve them with a scoop of vanil­la bean ice cream. Try a tra­di­tion­al French clafoutis or a crisp, cres­cent-shaped rugelach. They are love­ly when blend­ed in a grani­ta with hon­ey and green tea. For cock­tail lovers, do make your­selves a spiced pear mojito!

ALL IN THE NAME

Comice pears are for­mal­ly called Doyenne du Comice in France. Doyenne basi­cal­ly means ​“Queen Moth­er” and Comice comes from ​“comice agri­cole” mean­ing ​“agri­cul­tur­al show”. Putting that togeth­er, you get ​“best-in-show” or, more clas­si­cal­ly, Queen of the Hop. It’s fit­ting for this pear’s rep­u­ta­tion. How­ev­er, there is a sec­ond way that this pear’s French name is spelled: Doyen­nĂ© du Comice. A Doyen­nĂ© is a dean­ery, the res­i­dence of the head of a church or uni­ver­si­ty. Spelled this way, the pear’s name means ​“Dean of the Show”. Which way do you pre­fer it?

DIS­CLAIMER ON AVAIL­ABIL­I­TY OF PRE-ORDERED AIR-FLOWN PRODUCE

This is a pre-ordered item at The Bow Tie Duck and will only be avail­able while the pro­duc­er from over­seas is able to sup­ply and allow air-flown deliv­ery. Because this item is sub­ject to sea­son­al avail­abil­i­ty, we require a total min­i­mum quan­ti­ty of 5kg to be able to ship. If the mini­mum is not met by our cut-off date, we will have to delay the entire ship­ment. In case of deliv­ery delays, deliv­ery can­cel­la­tions, ​“out of stock” notices, or ​“out of sea­son” notices after pur­chase, you will be con­tact­ed by our Sup­port Team. You will receive a refund or prod­uct replace­ment, or you can choose a new deliv­ery date for your item. In choos­ing to place an order, you agree to the terms and have read that this par­tic­u­lar prod­uct 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 stor­age. Store them in the coolest part of the refrig­er­a­tor, at about ‑1°C, but not much cold­er or it will dam­age the fruit. This post-pick­ing chill time can last up to 2 weeks. If you’d like them to ripen faster, leave them out on the counter for up to a week. Once you can feel the nar­row­est part give a lit­tle under your fin­ger, your pear is ripe. If you’re not ready to eat all your pears at this point, put them back in the fridge and they’ll last anoth­er 3 to 5 days.

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