Queen of Fruits “LaFrance” Pear

Yamagata Prefecture is known as the Kingdom of Fruits, and the fruit praised as the queen of the fruits in the kingdom is “LaFrance” pear.

Its season starts from the middle of October.
Also known as “butter pear”, LaFrance is the greatest of all pears with distinctive fragrance and juicy pulp.

LaFrance has its timing for taste. You have to wait for extra time till it further ripens and softens after harvesting.
You can check the best time by touching its “shoulders” around a calyx if the area is as soft as earlobe. You must pay attention to its softness as the skin color doesn’t change much.
However, touching pears displayed at the store is against manners. You should ask the staff the timing and wait until the right timing at home.