The Zesty Pear

D’Anjou pears are thought to have originated in the 1800s in Belgium, but the variety is named after the Anjou region in France. D’Anjou pears were brought to the U.S. in 1842 by Col. Marshall P. Wilder. He grew the pear on his estate in Boston.

Today, d’Anjou is a well-known winter pear with a great shelf life. You’ll also hear this green pear called a winter pear, Danjou pear, and Anjou pear. A sport of this variety, Red d’Anjou, is also grown by Stemilt. A bud sport is a natural mutation of the tree that often goes unnoticed, and rarely yields marketable fruit.



Exterior: Pale green skin that ripens to full yellow

Interior: Very smooth, pale off-white flesh

Experience: Anjou pears are juicy, with a sweet and brisk citrus flavor


Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

D’Anjou pears are available under the Stemilt Rushing Rivers label, while organic d’Anjou pears can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.


When can I find D’Anjou ?

Stemilt harvests d’Anjou pears in September and October. The variety is available from October through June.


Fun Facts

  • D’Anjou pears do not change color as they ripen. We send d’Anjou pears to stores at the “just starting to ripen” phase. They’ll be ripe and ready to enjoy within a day or two of purchase.
  • Learn more about how to ripen pears on our blog
  • D’Anjou pear puree is used for Jelly Belly’s Juicy Pear flavor of jelly bean
  • Anjou is pronounced awn-JU
  • Learn about the red version of this pear here.