G.A. Moulton & J. King. WSU-NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Varieties are listed in approximate ripening order. Tastes in fruit vary with the individual, so these varieties include some of the best from our trials but many others can be grown successfully in our Puget Sound climate.
The rest of the European-type pears fall into the winter pear group. The top pear varieties grown in Washington and Oregon are listed in the thumbnail gallery below arranged by their harvest group: Summer or Winter. There are also several Asian pear varieties grown in our region.
Pyrus pyrifolia, or Asian pears, are a large group of pears that have a crisp texture when fully ripened, unlike European pears that must be softened prior to eating. They are often referred to as a salad pear due to their firm texture. Asian pears are self fertile but produce a better crop when two or more varieties are planted together.