Pyrus communis ‘Comice’- European Pear – 7-Gallon


Known properly as ‘Doyenné Du Comice’, this French variety of pear was first propagated near Angers in the mid-1800’s. ‘Comice’ (pronounced ko-MEESE) is widely considered to have the best flavor of any pear. It has both the characteristic “melting” flesh of the highest quality pear varieties, along with a sweet richness and delicacy which others can’t quite attain. The shape of ‘Comice’ is unique, having a rotund body with a very short, well-defined neck. Although pears of all types have a popular association with the winter holidays, ‘Comice’ has earned special recognition as the “Christmas Pear.” Though they ripen fairly late – toward the end of September – they need to be refrigerated for use around the holidays.


Secondary Image from The Pears of New York (1921)

Updated 24 February 2023