Harrow Sweet

A less known variety bred by the Vineland Research Center in Canada.  Picked about three weeks after Bartlett’s, Harrow Sweets are sweeter and have a denser flesh than Bartlett.  At times, the skin can be a bit astringent, so they are best enjoyed peeled.  Unlike Bartlett’s which should be a light yellow when eaten (otherwise they go soft), Harrow’s need to be a hard yellow and give to the touch, otherwise they will be too firm.  The other benefit on the farm is that Harrow Sweet’s are fire blight resistant – a disease that can wipe out other pear trees.  Picked in early October.