(credit: Pera- Cuchillo-Tenedor/Getty Images)

(credit: Pera- Cuchillo-Tenedor/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown across the world. Of course only a few of those are grown commercially, but those few that are on the market are on the market in spades. Right now they’re wonderful.

Pear has been cultivated as a food since prehistoric times and unlike apples, most pear varieties do not ripen nicely while they’re still on the tree. If you have a pear tree at home, you should pick them a little earlier, it’s safer that way. They continue to develop.

I recently had a chance to taste a whole slew of heirloom apples and pears. The Golden Russet Bosc Pear has a sandy, rust color with a wonderful crunch and aroma to go along with it. Seckel pears are tinier and are older than the bosc. This one has an intriguing texture.

Then there’s the Warren Pear. I’ve never seen it marketed elsewhere. It’s Frog Hollow Farms’ signature pear. It’s not an easy pear to grow which is probably why you don’t see it commonly. When it gets fully ripe is simply melts in your mouth. Once I was eating one of these that was fully ripe and I peeled it (I rarely do that). The juice was dripping down my chin so much I had to eat it over the sink.

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