Comice, or more accurately DoyennÃ© du Comice, is known as the ‘Queen of Pears’ due to its fine flavour and smooth, juicy, white flesh. This is the pear for pear aficionados! The fruit is quite round in shape, slightly irregular, and can be quite large. It has a green skin, often russetted, which marks quite easily if subject to rough handling, though this has no impact on the eating quality.
Ripening: Comice need to be ripened before eating. This should be done at room temperature as fridge temperatures will slow ripening for many days. It is usually quite obvious when this happens as the skin colour changes to pale yellow, and softness can be felt around the stalk end. It is best to peel a Comice before eating as the skin is quite rough, and use a napkin!
Origin: DoyennÃ© du Comice is a French variety, first propagated near Angers in the mid-1800’s.
Grown in: Comice is widely grown in cooler pear regions. Main countries of origin are: England, France, Holland, USA, South Africa, New Zealand.
Harvest & Availability: Source countries of Comice for the UK are:
September to April: England, Holland
April to June: South Africa
May to August: New Zealand