The Fancy Pear

Comice pears were first cultivated in the mid-1800s near Angers, France. The formal name for this pear variety is Doyenné du Comice. In the 1900s, the first red sports were discovered to be growing in orchards near Medford, Oregon.

Comice pears may be small in size, but they are not short on flavor. They are one of the sweetest and juiciest of all pear varieties.


Exterior: A very short, rotund body green in color, or with red blush covering small to large areas of the skin surface

Interior: Flesh is very soft and creamy white in color

Experience: Richly sweet and succulent, with a silky finish

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

Stemilt grows organic Comice pears under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

When can I find Comice ?

Comice pears are harvested in Washington State in September. They are available from September through January.

Fun Facts

  • Comice pears are often referred to as the “Christmas pear,” and are popular in stores during the holiday season.
  • Comice pears are not recommended for cooking because they are too juicy.
  • To determine when a Comice pear is ripe, press gently into the neck of the pear. Once it gives slightly to pressure, it’s ready to eat. Learn more about pear ripening on our blog.