The Concorde is a unique pear variety derived from the Conference and Comice pears. It is elegantly shaped, and best identified by its exceptionally long neck that tapers to an almost pointed top, with a stem that is also long and oftentimes curved. Like Bosc pears, Concordes have a dense flesh that is sweet and juicy even when it is still firm.
The Concorde is a pear that can be enjoyed at various stages of the ripening process. If you prefer a slightly more crisp texture, Concorde pears can be eaten almost immediately upon purchase. As Concordes ripen they become slightly softer and mellower in flavor. They also only show a slight change in color as they ripen.
Because it has a more dense flesh, the Concorde is ideal for cooking. They hold both shape and flavor as they are naturally slow to oxidize after being cut.
Harvest for Concorde pears begins in the fall, and can be found in stores in the month of September. The season lasts until they are sold out, which typically happens by February.
More information on the Sage Fruit Pear Program.
Uses: Fresh, Cooking, Baking, Salads, Roasting, Grilling, Poaching