Conference is the nation’s favourite pear, familiar to everyone and available all year round from UK, Holland and Belgium.
Rocha, on the other hand, is a bit of an unsung hero: the pride of Portugal, this small round pear is delicious, being reliably sweet and good to eat in a crisp or soft state. Few retailers do it justice, often plonking small calibre fruit into unappealing bags or selling unduly green examples which don’t have the best flavour. However, Asda, M&S and Waitrose do seem to try harder than most with larger calibres or ripe n’ ready options. Make Portugal proud!