[nafex] Royal Riviera Pear revisited

Fri Feb 15 17:49:28 EST 2002

My wife and I were just about done with the Comice pears in our fruit 
basket when the box from Harry and David arrived.  It was from my aunt.  
The message on the shipping label said "Happy Birthday from Alice".  The 
box was cleverly folded so that four layers of cardboard protected the 
seven large pears each of which was nested in green crepe paper.  There 
was no plastic or styrofoam of any sort and the overall presentation was 
extremely tasteful.  They were Royal Rivieras.

This was a day or two after the recent NAFEX discussion about these two 
varieties of fruit.  So Deborah and I sharpened our taste testing wits 
and over the next week gave the pears a thorough trial.  A tough job.  
But someone had to do it.

The Harry and David pears were very large.  And exceptionally juicy.  
Much juicier than the Comice pears which were also not as sweet.  The 
Royal Riviera pears arrived in a state of almost ripeness that must have 
been a logistical feat on the other end.  They were really, really good 

By taste alone it seems obvious that the two pears are of the same 
variety but Harry and David seem to have applied to the whole growing 
and shipping process a wonderfully fine degree of expertise.  They are 
putting out an excellent product.

Phil Norris
East Blue Hill ME

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