Tosca pears are cross between Coscia, an early season pear that originated in Tuscany, and Williams, which is known better as the popular Bartlett pear here in the United States. Tosca pears are grown extensively in Italy.
The majority of Stemilt’s Tosca pears are farmed organically. Tosca is the first pear to ripen in Washington State each summer, coming off the tree in early August.
Exterior: Bell-shaped greenish-yellow skin with an occasional red blush
Interior: Smooth and very firm Creamy white flesh
Experience: Sweet, smooth, and juicy. Tosca is always crisp to the bite and a bit exotic on the taste buds
How To Use Tosca Pears
Fresh eating, salads, baking, and poaching
When Can I Find Tosca Pears
Tosca pears are a specialty pear and available only from Stemilt in August and September.
Look For The Ladybug
Tosca pears are available under the Stemilt label, but most are organic. Look for organic Tosca pears organically under the Artisan Organics label.
Tosca Pear Fun Facts
- Tosca pears are believed to be named for the infamous opera by Giacomo Puccini.
- Tosca will turn from green to yellow when ripe.
- Use Tosca like you would a Bartlett pear. The two are very similar in shape, size, and flavor.
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