When is pear season?

The largest cultivation of pears takes place in California, with a long pear season from August until March. Late summer/early fall is pear season in New York, where you can find this fruit from August to October. Michigan has a short pear season starting by mid-August and for only a month and a half.

The United States is the biggest pears-producing country in the world. If you like to know when are pears in season close by you, you can revise the full American seasonality in the following chart.

StatePears in season
AlabamaAugust till November
AlaskaAugust till September
ArizonaAugust
ArkansasAugust till November
CaliforniaJanuary till February and August till December
ColoradoAugust till October
ConnecticutAugust till December
DelawareAugust till December
GeorgiaAugust till November
IdahoSeptember till November
IllinoisAugust till October
IndianaAugust till October
IowaAugust till September
KansasJuly till November
Kentuckymid-August till November
Louisianamid-July till September
Mainemid-August till October
Marylandmid-August till October
MassachusettsSeptember till mid-November
Michiganmid-August till September
MinnesotaSeptember till October
MississippiAugust till mid-November
MissouriJuly till November
MontanaSeptember till October
NebraskaAugust till October
NevadaAugust till October
New HampshireAugust till October
New JerseyAugust till mid-September
New MexicoAugust till October
New YorkAugust till October
North CarolinaAugust till October
North DakotaAugust till mid-October
OhioAugust till October
OklahomaAugust till October
OregonAugust till November
PennsylvaniaAugust till October
Rhode IslandAugust till October
South CarolinaAugust till October
South DakotaAugust till mid-October
TennesseeSeptember till October
TexasJune till September
Utahmid-July till August
VermontAugust till October
VirginiaJuly till October
WashingtonAugust till November
West VirginiaAugust till October
Wisconsinmid-July till mid-October
WyomingAugust till October

Pears have a unique mark on the calendar: December marks National Pear Month when ten varieties of pears are harvested nationwide. They include Starkrimson, Bartlett, Concorde, Bosc, Comice, Green Anjou (perhaps the most common), Red Anjou, Forelle, Red Bartlett and Seckel.

The onset of the pear season is usually marked by the presence of Bartlett varieties in the stores. The Comice and Bosc Varieties generally follow this.

They are in season from August to October in most states. In places such as California, the season is usually more extended and runs from August to March. In others, such as Michigan, it is shorter and runs for less than two months. That is usually from mid-August to the end of September.

It is difficult to identify the best pears right off the bat. In this case, it is not easy to tell how they taste from just their appearances. Therefore, it is advisable to buy pears from local farmers while they are in season. They probably have been picked recently, and their chances of being fresh are high.

To get the best experience from pears, buy them while they are still hard and relatively unripe because pears ripen best off the tree.

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