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Bartlett Pears: A Complete Guide To This Delicious Fall Fruit

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Bartlett Pears: A Complete Guide To This Delicious Fall Fruit
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When it comes to pears, there are thousands of varieties to choose from but most of us are familiar with the Bartlett pear, which has a lovely light green hue and appealing bell shape. Aside from being juicy and delicious, pears provide a range of health benefits. Join Fine Dining Lovers as we discover some fun facts about Bartlett pears and wonderful recipes.

Bartlett Pear: What's in a Name?

Did you know Bartlett pears are known as Williams pears outside the United States? The Williams pear was originally discovered by an English schoolmaster named Mr. Stair in 1765. The pear variety was later acquired by Williams' Bon Chretien, a horticulturist who propagated the fruit.

Later, in 1799, a few Williams trees were imported to the United States by Mr. James Carter. These pear trees were planted in Roxbury, Massachusetts on an estate belonging to Thomas Brewer.  Eventually, a man by the name of Enoch Bartlett acquired the Brewer estate and began selling the pears under his name.

It wasn't until 1828, with the arrival of new pear trees from Europe that people realized Bartlett pears and Williams pears were the same variety, according to USA Pears.

Bartlett Pear Varieties

They are two main varieties of Bartlett pears: green and red. The green variety tends to turn yellow as it ripens. Both possess a sweet flavor and a fruity aroma.

Calories in Bartlett Pears

A medium-sized Bartlett pear contains about 100 calories and 5 grams of fiber.

Nutrition in Pears

Bartlett pears are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium.

Pear Season

Bartlett pears are available from August through January.

How To Cook Pears: Fun Recipes

Poached Pears

This is a classic dessert that is aromatic, flavorful, and impressive. You'll love the combination of red wine, lemon, and cinnamon. 

Learn how to make poached pears.

Apple-Pear Crumbles

Apples and pears are baked under a buttery crust in this easy dessert recipe.

Goat Cheese and Pear Dessert

Goat cheese and pears are a divine combo. This elegant dessert serves them up in an unexpected way.

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