A cross between Conference and Comice pears, the Concorde combines the long slender neck of the Conference with the sweet and juicy flavor of the Comice. A rustic green skin with an occasional red blush covers a crisp and dense off-white flesh that flaunts enticing overtones of vanilla. Because they don't brown right away, Concordes make a great addition to cheese boards and salads, but of course they're a treat on their own, too!
Peak Season: Varies
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To ripen pears, store them at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Since these fruits become more fragile as they ripen, try to store them loosely in a bowl or on a plate. When ripe, most pears will give slightly when pressed gently near the stem. Some pears, like Bartlett, turn from green to yellow and produce a fragrance as they ripen.
Storing Ripe Pears
Once a pear hits its peak ripeness, transfer it to the refrigerator crisper and eat within a few days.
Storing Asian Pears
Asian pears will remain quite firm when they are ripe, so the key to determining if they are ready to eat is aroma: a ripe Asian pear will be quite fragrant. If they are unblemished, most Asian pears should keep in the refrigerator crisper for up to 2 months. Wrap each pear in paper towels to protect it, and place in a perforated plastic bag.