One of the best looking pears you can find at your local supermarket is the Red d’Anjou. It’s dark red color is very appealing. This pear has been around since the 1950s. It was first grown as a bud sport (a mutation) from a green d’Anjou pear tree found in Oregon. It’s not often that these mutations produce anything good. Other than the color it is not much different than the original d’Anjou pear.
I purchased my Red d’Anjou Pear at Meijer in Ann Arbor, MI. They were grown under the Stemilt label. Stemilt Growers LLC is operated out of Wenatchee, Washington. They distribute all sorts of fruits grown in the Pacific Northwest from apples to pears to cherries as well as stone fruits. For more about them, visit their website. You can also purchase their fruit through their online business, Bountiful Fruit.
My Experience with this Pear (Rating Scale 1-10)
Pear Flavor: 6
Overall Feeling: Juicy and refreshing is the Red d’Anjou. The flavor and sweetness is not as strong as some of the other pears I have eaten more recently (such as Harrow Sweet, which I love!), but by no means isn’t it bad. This pear would be a good pear to use in poaching recipes
Availably: These pears are harvested in early October and can be found in the stores all through the winter months.