One of the flavors I’ve come to associate with Christmas is the heavenly sweetness of Comice pears. They are in season from August to March in the United States, but I’ve only seen them in the grocery stores in November and December. If you like pears, you will be in for a treat when you try the Comice pear for the first time.
Wikipedia reports that the Comice pear constitutes only one percent of U.S. pear production, so you might have to look in the pear section at your grocery store carefully for the distinctive squat shape of the Comice — its display is not likely to be as large as the other pear varieties. If you can’t find them in stores, just search online — they are available for delivery.
I let my Comice pears ripen in a bowl away from sunshine and check for ripeness by pressing the pear near the stem. If it gives a bit, it’s ripe. You don’t want to use them for cooking because they are so juicy they won’t hold up. The skin of Comice pears is somewhat grainy, so I prefer to peel them before I eat them. They really are the supreme fresh pear.