Unfortunately, the pears ripened very early this year, and by the time of the tasting event, most were over-ripe and not at their best. I took notes as I tasted all the pears (see below), and tried to make sure that I tasted at least two different fruits of each variety. My favorite this year was Rising Star. Even though there weren't as many pears or as many varieties of pears as last year, I still had a great time. I've never been to a meeting where I didn't learn something valuable. I truly appreciate the generosity of Dr. Natelson, Yvonne Gibbs, George McAffee, and anyone else who donated pears, time, and effort to make the event possible.
Juicy, sweet, soft to slightly firm with kind of a creamy texture, few to no grit cells, good flavor.
Hard and crisp, but with good flavor, juicy, a little bit watery, flavor was slightly tangy but not very intense.
Slightly crisp, sweet, mild flavor, a little watery, juicy.
Mushy texture, juicy and sweet, with a flavor that reminded me of a Red Delicious apple.
Crisp, very juicy, watery, slightly sweet, not much flavor, can definitely taste its Hosui Asian pear heritage.
Good texture, slightly gritty, firm without being crisp or mealy, sweet, mild flavor, skin is a little tough.
Wonderful! Melting texture, juicy and sweet with a wine-like flavor, nice and intense. My favorite pear at this year's tasting.
Texture is crisp and gritty, tough, not very juicy or sweet, mild sour-apple like flavor.
Slightly rubbery texture, but still crisp, only slightly gritty, sweet with just a tiny bit of tartness.
Texture was slightly rubbery to slightly crisp, sweet, not very juicy, very mild flavor.
Slightly crisp, sweet, not particularly juicy and not very flavorful.
Good flavor, sweet, not very juicy, slightly mealy texture with just a little grit, I like this one.
Poor texture, not much flavor and not very juicy, probably not a good specimen.
Very crisp, a little hard, skin has slightly astringent taste, juicy and sweet, good flavor.
Great melting texture, unique mild flavor, really good, juicy and sweet, little to no grit.
Slightly mealy texture, sweet, not juicy, not very flavorful.