The Varieties

Not all pears are the same...

We have been growing and marketing pears for over 50 years. We at Fruit Modena Group know well that each pear variety has its own harvesting time and precise sales calendar. What is more important, each has its own sensory and flavour characteristics that make each variety suitable for different modes of consumption...

Discover your variety

 

Other varieties

The range of available pear varieties is completed by Morettini, Carmen and Packam's. The first two are considered early-summer varieties. The first is pear-shaped and has a green skin with hints of yellow, rather juicy and generally small-medium size. The second has an elongated pear shape with yellow colouring blushed with red and medium-large dimensions. They both tend to be juicy with an aromatic and balanced flavour. Packam’s is very similar to Williams pears, sharing the same skin colour and flavour.

Variety of minor interest sometimes grown on our farms are Passacrassana, General Leclerc, Guyot, Cascade, Butirra, Rosada and Rosired.

FMG Pears

  • Abate F.
  • Williams
  • Max Red B.
  • Santa Maria
  • Conference
  • A. Kaiser
  • Comice

Abate Fetel

The Queen of Pears, accounts for almost half of our production (40%). The elongated shape, the yellowish green skin with prominent lenticels, the typical russeting of the peduncular area and the enlarged part of the fruit, characterize this pear that has a particularly sweet taste. It is harvested in September, but its sales campaign continues until April of the following year.

Williams

Perfect for eating fresh, is also the main cultivar used in industrial processing for the production of fruit juices and fruit salads. It is distinguished by its sweet taste and scent, enclosed in a green skin that turns yellow when the fruit is ripe, and has the classic pear-shape. It has no russet and is particularly juicy when fully ripe. It is harvested in the first half of August and the commercial availability continues right up to February.

Max Red Bartlett (Red William)

Williams pear variant of which it retains the typical scent and sweetness. It has a red skin that fades into hues of green, but under favourable conditions it becomes entirely ruby red. Harvest is a bit later than that of Williams.

 

Santa Maria

A quite juicy summer variety characterised by high productivity and early fruiting. The fruit is pear-shaped and medium-to-large (180 gr); it has a smooth, pale yellow skin with small, green-yellow lenticels. Sunshine at times gives a slight red blush. The pulp is white, fondant and compact. Flavour is slightly sweet, aromatic and not very acidic.

 

Conference

The classic and most popular pear. It is the most widely grown cultivar in Europe, although each macro-area of production offers a product that is distinguished by unique characteristics. The rusty appearance enclosing a crunchy juicy flesh, is sweet and fragrant. It is harvested in mid-August, but is by far the most durable in cold storage. In fact it can be stored for up to 10 months after harvest.

 

Alexander Kaiser (Bosc)

The pear of the Po Valley, which is grown only in this area. It is distinguished by the skin having different shades of brown, surrounding a particularly crisp and firm pulp. Suitable for many culinary interpretations, it is harvested in September and has a good resistance to cold storage.

Comice

The most delicate pear of all, both in taste and a low resistance to handling. Intensely aromatic and juicy, it is harvested between August and September and has a long life in storage .Today we are witnessing a gradual abandonment of this variety because of the low productivity of the trees.