Sweet, juicy, and very flavorful, the Bartlett is America’s most popular variety. It ripens at room temperature, turning from bright green to mild yellow, and yielding to gentle pressure. The Bartlett is perfect for fruit salads or slicing into lettuce salads with crumbled blue cheese, and also excellent for canning and cooking.
With a high sugar content, the Comice is sweet and juicy, with a rich buttery flavor and a smooth, fine texture. It is perfect for snacking, or served as a dessert and also pairs well with cheese. Its greenish-yellow color changes very little during ripening, but it does yield to pressure and softens around the stem when ripe.