Ripen in a fruit bowl. When ripe keep in the bottom of the fridge and eat within a couple of days. Straight from the farm, so please wash before eating.
UK varieties are Conference and William. Other varieties include Red Bartlett, Beurre Bosc, Anjou, Packham's Triumph and Rocha.
When the UK season has finished we import them from Italy and France, and then Argentina.
As pears flower earlier than apples they are more susceptible to frost and hence harder to grow commercially in the UK.
Our pears are sold as class 2. This means that they might not look cosmetically perfect, but they are grown for the very best flavour. (We have to tell you this to satisfy some EU rules).