There are many advantages to buying fruit in season. Not only will it taste better, but it will offer peak nutritional value and will be cheaper to boot. Bartletts are hitting fruit stands right now, making it the perfect time to get better acquainted with this versatile and delicious pear variety.
Bartlett pear profile:
Harvest season: early season/late summer
Taste: juicy and sweet
Storage: not a storage fruit, best consumed fresh when ripe
Nutrition: high in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants, low in calories, and free of fat, cholesterol and sodium
Identifying features: Aromatic Bartlett pears have a true pear shape and a definitive “pear flavor”. Bartletts will turn from green to yellow as they ripen. They’re often purchased green and can be ripened at home.
Other varieties: Red Bartletts are similar to regular Bartlett pears but have a brilliant red color.
What to make: Bartlett pears are a versatile and very popular variety that are particularly good raw. Here are some Bartlett-friendly recipes to inspire you.