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Tosca pears are medium to large in size and are shaped like a bell. They are firm and crisp with a bright greenish-yellow skin and a pure white flesh. The flesh has a smooth texture and is sweet and juicy. Tosca pears have similar characteristics of the popular Bartlett pear.
Tosca pears are available in the late summer and early fall.
Tosca pears are an Italian variety of Pyrus communis, or European pear. The Tosca pear was developed from a cross between the early season Coscia and the Williams bon Cretien (better known as the Bartlett) pear varieties. Likely named for the infamous opera by Giacomo Puccini, these green pears are the first to ripen in the fall.
Tosca pears can be used as a substitute for Bartlett pears in any application, because of their similar taste and texture. Eat Tosca pears fresh out-of-hand or thinly slice and add to a green salad. Tosca pears hold up to poaching and baking. Poach pears in wine with vanilla or other spices. Poaching can extend the life of pears and they can be kept refrigerated for a bit and added to yogurt or granola. Keep ripe Tosca pears in the refrigerator up to two weeks.
Tosca pears are predominantly grown in Italy, though they can be found growing organically in eastern Washington State in the western United States. The availability is still relatively limited for the Italian pear.
Recipes that include Tosca Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
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