Sweet, Juicy and a Bit Exotic

Tosca pears are a cross between Coscia, an early-season pear that originated in Tuscany, and Williams, which is better known 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

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

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

When can I find Tosca ?

Tosca pears are a specialty pear and available only from Stemilt in August and September.

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.