The Spicy Pear

Bosc pears are large, with an elongated neck and distinct bronze and yellow color. The history of how they came to be is unclear. Some claim the Bosc pear came from France, while others say the pear originated in Belgium.

Bosc pears were discovered in Europe in the early 1800s and made their way to the U.S. in 1833. Today, Bosc pears thrive in Washington State, where they are grown in the best river valleys.

Bosc pears have a distinct bronze color and russet skin. They are sweet and juicy, with hints of fall spices.


Exterior: A fully russet skin and a long neck makes for a beautiful and easy-to-recognize pear

Interior: Dense off-white flesh that also stands up to cooking

Experience: Bosc is an elegant pear with a crisp-dense texture, and a pleasant sweet flavor that is balanced with hints of fall spices

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Bosc pears are available under the Stemilt Rushing Rivers label, while organic Bosc pears can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

When can I find Bosc ?

Bosc pears are harvested in September in Washington State, and available from September through early March.

Fun Facts

  • Bosc pears were named after M. Bosc, the director of the Paris Botanical Garden.
  • Bosc pears are also called Kaiser Alexander in some countries.
  • Sometimes this pear is called Buerré Bosc, which identifies the fruit as buttery.
  • Bosc pears are one of the best for baking crisps, tarts and pies.
  • Learn how to ripen pears on our blog.