Organic Bartlett Pears
October 6, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
You might think that a pear is a pear is a pear. The truth is, even seemingly simple pears have a story to tell. Take the Bartlett Pear, for example. In 17th century England, a schoolmaster named John Stair sold some pear tree cuttings to a grower named Williams, who promptly named the variety after himself. The Williams pear became a staple variety, and when brought to the New World at the end of the 18th century, one Enoch Bartlett of Massachusetts planted it on his farm. Much like Mr. Williams had done some generations before, Mr. Bartlett named it after himself and, from then on, the Williams Pear became known as the Bartlett Pear throughout the United States.
When you see Bartletts in the produce section at Trader Joe's, they will generally be green and rather firm. Allow them to ripen at room temperature - their color will change to a yellow-ish hue. They're perfect for eating at that point, and if you have extras, they can be refrigerated once they're ripe. Another fun Bartlett detail—they are the only pears that change color when they're ripe. Eat them out of hand like an apple, slice them onto a salad, or present on a platter with cheese & nuts—we'll be bold and suggest our Thai Lime & Chili Almonds and Creamy Toscano Cheese Dusted with Cinnamon. We're selling two pound bags of Trader Joe's Organic Bartlett Pears, from the great state of Washington, for $2.69 a bag.