Fresh pear in dark black and white.
Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties. Their fine, slightly granular flesh is much more fragile than apples and, unlike most fruit, they improve in flavour and texture after they're picked.
Most pears are wider at the bottom than they are at the top, though a few varieties are more spherical in shape. They're not as brightly coloured as apples, most having skins that range from dull bronze through to soft green, though you can also find red varieties such as Red William.
Here are a few varities of pears,
Conference has a long, conical shape, with a yellow skin with russet markings. Its flesh is grainy, sweet and juicy and it cooks and eats well.
Comice is more bulbous in shape, and has juicy, meltingly tender flesh; it's good for cooking and eating, particularly with cheese.
Concorde is a cross between Comice and Conference.
Packham's is native to Australia, has a wide-bottomed shape and a smooth green ski...