Green D’Anjou (Anjou) pears are recognizable for their egg-shaped appearance; they have a larger spherical lower portion that begins a gradual taper above the mid-point to a narrower rounded top. Additonally, they are recognizeable because their skin color is bright green, and sometimes has a soft red blush.
The Anjou is truly an all-purpose pear. They are juicy when ripe, and their subtle sweetness hints at a refreshing lemon-lime flavor. Their dense flesh holds up well in heated applications like baking, poaching, roasting, or grilling. They are also delicious when sliced fresh in salads or eaten as an out-of-hand snack.
Ripen Anjou pears at room temperature. Once ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator, where the ripening process will be slowed for a few more days. The most important thing to know about Anjou pears is that they DO NOT change color as they ripen; they will remain green even when fully ripe.
Harvest for Green Anjou pears begins in the fall and they arrive in produce departments in late September.
More information on the Sage Fruit Pear Program.
Uses: Fresh, Baking, Cooking, Poaching, Beverages, Salads,