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Bosc Pears


Compatibility & Temperature

Grade Tolerances

Nutrition Information



The Bosc, pronounced Bahsk, has a long tapering neck and lengthy stem. Shaped like no other pear and ranging from deep yellowish-brown to dark tan, its tender skin is brushed with bronze-russet markings. The dense crunchy flesh of this pear is sweetly spicy. To test for ripeness, use the typical thumb test for pears at its stem end. Bosc pears will yield to slight pressure somewhat less than other ripe pears because of their extra firm texture.

Century Farms Bosc Pears
Century Farms Bosc Pears


Pears actually ripen best off the tree. They are harvested for long-term controlled atmosphere storage when firmness reaches between 15 and 19.5 pounds depending on variety. The fruit’s picking window is any- where 4 to 10 days depending on the variety and weather during the harvest season.

Pears are stored in precooled rooms; if pears are to be shipped and packed soon after har- vest, forced air cooling is used. Optimal storage temperatures are from 30o to 32oF (- 1o to 0oC) with 90 to 95% relative humid- ity; freezing temperatures are 29o to 28oF (-1.5o to 2oC). Treating with ethylene (100 ppm) for a day or two can substitute for cold storage (4 to 8 weeks at optimum tem- perature and humidity) in enhancing ripen- ing. Optimum conditions for ripening are 59o to 72oF (15o to 22oC), 90 to 95% rela- tive humidity and CO2 below 1%.


Sources: Texas A&M University & Virginia Cooperative Extension, UC Davis Postharvest website, Washington State University

Century Farms Bosc Pears

Good Arrival Guidelines/Tolerances

Good arrival guidelines in the United States permit 15% total average defects, 8% serious defects, and 3% decay upon arrival at contract destination after five days in transit.

In Canada, guidelines permit 15% total defects allowed by grade, 10% total permanent defects, 5% maximum for any single permanent defect, 10% maximum for any single condition defect, and 5% maximum decay.

Recommended transit temp is 32oF.


Sources: DRC, PACA, USDA

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup (125g)


Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat 0Calories 60


% Daily Values*

Total Fat 0g 0%

   Saturated Fat 0g 0%

   Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 5mg 0%

Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%

   Dietary Fiber 2g 8%

   Sugars 10g

Protein 0g


Vitamin A 0%  Vitamin C 2%

Calcium 0%  Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Century Farms Bosc Pears

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