Although taste is subjective, some of the most popular pears include the Seckel, an heirloom pear, and the Magness, a European hybrid pear. The Seckel’s taste is rich and spicy, while the Magness has a complex flavor.
Most pears in modern grocery stores come from strains originating in 15th to 19th century Europe, including Germany, France and England, such as Anjou, Bosc and Barlett pears. The green Anjou has a juicy, smooth texture and a sweet mellow taste, while the red Anjou has a mild, sweet and spicy taste. Bosc pears have a bold flavor that is smoky and sweet with an earthy musk, while Bartlett pears have the classic flavor many people associate with pears.