Produce alert: Comice pears
If you’re used to just buying Bartlett and Bosc pears, let me convince you to splurge at least once on the Comice variety. I got mine on Tuesday from FreshDirect, and they’re hitting their peak of ripeness today. Wait till it’s very soft—I usually like my pears to display at least some resistance. The one I just ate was so soft I considered tossing it, but thank goodness I didn’t. It was the best pear I’ve ever eaten: obscenely sweet but in a complex way, with meat grainy enough to make up for its relative mushiness. You might consider removing the tough skin, which is an easy task when it’s very ripe.
Incidentally, feel free to alert me to any excellent produce you come across in New York. I’ll go far out of my way for perfection. Ok, maybe not all the way to Brooklyn, but definitely to the West side.