Pears are harvested in New Zealand around February to March and are generally available until November.
Storage and Handling
Ripen at room temperature then store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Pears are native to Europe and have been cultivated since ancient times. Modern varieties were developed from the European pear.
- The main varieties of pears grown in New Zealand are Beurre Bosc, Taylors Gold, Doyenne du Comice and Packham’s Triumph
- Depending on the variety pear skin can be green, brown, golden or even red
- Like the apple, the pear is a “pome” fruit
- Pears develop more flavour when they ripen off the tree
- They are usually picked (by hand) just prior to being ripe
Pears are a source of dietary fibre.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.