Organic Alexander Lucas pears are back this spring, brought to the North American market by Viva Tierra Organic Inc. This heirloom variety has a dedicated following among pear connoisseurs who look forward to its brief season.
The Alexander Lucas pears will be packed in 10-kilogram "Viva Tierra Organic" boxes. The volume is limited, with fewer than 45 pallets expected for the season. They will be arriving in the U.S. the last week of April and will be exclusively available from Viva Tierra Organic.
"The Alexander Lucas is a superior pear that deserves more attention in the market," Paul McCaffrey, sales representative for Viva Tierra Organic, said in a press release. "They are great to round out a spring pear display at retail with their distinctive appearance, something special to add variety to the standard d'Anjou and Bosc offerings."
The Alexander Lucas is a top-quality fresh eating pear. The white flesh is dense, juicy and buttery-smooth. It is sweet with a complex yet delicate flavor. The pears are green, distinctly short and rounded, with long sturdy stems.
"Alex Lucas is hands down my favorite pear," Addie Pobst, Viva Tierra Organic's import coordinator, said in the release. "It simply can't be beat for flavor or texture."
The Alexander Lucas is a venerable variety that originated in the European monastic orchards along the Loire river. It was first described as a distinct variety in the mid 1800s. Today they are grown in the fertile Rio Negro river valley of Argentina, another region famed for its orchards.