Pears are available from early autumn and have a relative long season in Australia, lasting until summer.
There are eight main types of pears that are grown in Australian: Beurré Bosc, Corella Forelle, Josephine de Malines, Packham’s Triumph, Red Anjou, Red Sensation , Williams’ Bon Chretien and Winter Nelis. Williams and Packhams are the most popular with many Williams being processed into canning fruit and Packhams mostly sold fresh. Packham pears are also Australia’s most popular export pear.
Ninety per cent of Australia’s pears are grown in Victoria, with Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia also producing some pears.
Pear pickings starts in January and they are on the market soon after.
To check when a pear is ready to eat, press the flesh around the stem gently.
If ripe it will give a little.
Pears are high in fibre which can help lower cholesterol. Pears are low GI, which makes them an ideal nutritious snack to keep you going.
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