Concorde pears can be mistaken for Conference which are similar in appearance being slender, long-necked and pale green skin, often with speckled russeting. However, Concorde sometimes has a unique pinkish over-colour, can be more lop-sided than Conference, and is usually slightly lighter in colour.
Concorde and Conference do share the characteristic of being edible when crisp or soft, though the Concorde is a far superior eating pear with a depth of aromatic flavour not found in Conference. The flesh is smooth, white and retains some firmness even when fully ripe: a great all-purpose pear.
Quality: Concorde pears should be firm to touch when purchased, with no sign of softening or wrinkling at the tip of the fruit. The skin should be clean of dark scuff marks and the peel colour should be pale, possibly with a hint of yellowing. Presence of minor russet is not a detraction from the eating quality.
Origin: Concorde is the product of cross-breeding between Conference and Comice pears carried out at the Institute of Horticultural Research, East Malling, UK.
Names: Pyrus communis ‘Concorde’; Concorde
Grown In: UK, Holland, Belgium, South Africa, Argentina
Harvest & Availability: Concorde is a later-maturing pear than Conference.
- January: UK, Holland
- February: UK, Holland
- March: UK, Holland
- May: South Africa, Argentina
- June: South Africa, Argentina
- July: South Africa, Argentina
- October: UK, Holland
- November: UK, Holland
- December: UK, Holland