When you say “Pear” most people picture a Yellow Bartlett. It has that quintessential “pear flavor,” the classic pear shape and is a common variety found in local markets. This fruit’s color brightens as it ripens, which is a characteristic unique to Bartlett pears; most pears do not change color when ripe. The Bartlett pear has a distinct flavor and sweetness, its white flesh has a smooth, buttery texture. At harvest they are a vibrant green, changing to yellow when ready to eat. Peak season for pears is during the fall and winter months, though available year round.