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New Pears in Ontario

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New Pears in Ontario

This weeks Canadian foodie-find is from Ontario, where three new pear varietals are being celebrated. We received the pears in the test kitchen this week and have been munching all week long at various states of ripeness to determine our favourites. The three varieties to look for in your local shopping markets are the Harrow Crisp, the Harvin Sundown and another variety that has not of yet been named, known only as HW620. I'm not sure if all of the pears will be available, look for them the next time you're out shopping. We liked each to varying degrees. The sundown is kind of Bartlett shaped and has a dense, softer flesh. To our tasting, the flavour was a bit flat and lacked the some acidity that makes flavours come alive in your mouth.

The Harrow Crisp was by far the winner, the flesh is firm but juicy and they have a pretty rosy skin. The flavour is faintly floral and has a well balanced flavour. These were the first to disappear from the test kitchen.

The last variety got mixed reviews, but I quite like them. They are more the shape of a bosc pear, but the flesh is entirely different. They have good acidity and are crunchier and more watery than the others - the flesh reminded me slightly of an Asian pear.

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