Three years ago, we heard rumors that there was a family in Rogue Valley, Oregon, who grew the best Comice pears—also known as the Holiday Pear—and thankfully the rumors certainly were true. Back again to DLM for the third year, we are delighted that the Naumes family has sent to us these sweet, creamy, and luscious pears! Here are 5 things to know about this limited-time treat.
- Best of the Best
The climate in the Rogue Valley is absolutely perfect for the growing conditions of the Comice Pear, making The Holiday Pears streaming from the Naumes family’s orchards true “pearfection.” The Doyenné Du Comice, as it’s known in France, was first grown near Angers in the mid-1800s. The grading and picking process for the famed Holiday Pear is tedious, but for good reason. Only 1 out of 20 pears will make this grade.
- Dipped in Chocolate
Although you will find Holiday Pears on display throughout our stores this time a year, don’t forget to take a look at the Bakery case because, get this, … we’ve dipped them in chocolate. The DLM Pâtisserie team couldn’t help but be inspired by the sweet, creamy taste of the Holiday Pear. Their creativity has taken flight with these exquisite Chocolate-Covered Holiday Pears.
- Holiday Pear Gift Box
What’s not to love about a gift of great food? This pre-assembled Holiday Pear Gift Box is filled with six pears and truly is a great gift for the person who has everything. Look for them on display in our stores!
- Determine Ripeness
The shape of The Holiday Pear is truly unique, featuring a rotund body and a short neck. As the pear ripens, the areas of green skin color will turn a yellow hue. The rule of thumb is to check the neck for ripeness by applying gentle pressure to it with your thumb. If it gives slightly, it is ready!
- Delicious As-Is
In fact, we generally don’t recommend this as a pear to use when cooking due to its texture. So how do you best savor the sweetest, creamiest, most luscious of pears? Slice it, bite it, or spoon it out. Or, try some of these easy pearings: Add it to a cheese plate (featuring Brie, Manchego, or a Gorgonzola), add it to your salad, sprinkle it on ice cream, or serve it with a Marsala, Sauternes, Riesling, or Champagne.