All You Need to Know About the Bosc Pear
The Bosc Pear has a very long history that can be traced back to the Europe in the early 1800s. No one knows the true source of the pear or the name but is was thought to be in either France or Belgium. Often, the name given is Buerre Bosc, which means the fruit was cultivated by a M. Bosc, a director of the Paris Botanical Garden, while the word “Buerre,” refers to its buttery flavor.
Some people think the Bosc Pear might have been named after the French town, Appremont, where it is called Buerre Appremont. Others refer to it as Calabasse Bosc, meaning that the pear is shaped like a gourd. And, if you would rather the Bosc Pear originated in Belgium, you will probably like the Buerre Bosc version where M. Bosc is Belgian. In other European countries, the Bosc Pear is not known by the name Bosc at all, but is called a Kaiser Alexander.
The records for the Bosc Pear are a little clearer in the United States. It is known that the first Bosc Pears were grown on the East Coast in 1832 and that the first pears were harvested four years later. Bosc Pears, like most other U.S. varieties made a switch to the Pacific Northwest, where they are now produced commercially.
The Bosc Pear has several characteristics which help to distinguish it from other pears. It is a unique brown color with russets, and the shape, while quite wide at the base gives way to a long, slender neck. The pears are very juicy but have a firm texture. They also have more of a spicy flavor than other varieties of pears. The standard way to tell if a pear is ripe is to apply pressure with your thumb on the stem end of the fruit. Because of the firmness of the Bosc Pear, this method is not always one hundred percent correct with this variety.
As pears do not ripen on the tree, it is not necessary to bring home a pear that is fully ripe. The best thing is to place your pears in a fruit bowl on the counter to ripen. Once ripe, the life of the fruit may be extended by refrigeration. Thanks to new methods of storage, pears can be kept so that they can reach supermarkets throughout the winter and still ripen after you take them home. If you are in a particular hurry for your pears to ripen, place them in a paper bag.
Because Bosc pears are sweet yet firm, they are the number one pear for cooking. If you are interested, you can find recipes all over the internet for Bosc pears. Whether baked in wine, served with pork, poached, made into pies and cakes, or combined with raspberries or chocolate sauce, you are sure to find some way to make a Bosc Pear even more delicious.