History of the Bartlett Pear

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Pears come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. There are many varieties of pears, but the most popular pear in the United States is the Bartlett.

Bartlett pears account for approximately 70% of the market share in the U.S., and are grown mainly in California, Oregon, and Washington.

The top 4 pear producing countries in the world are China, United States, Argentina, and Italy.

Today, we are focusing on the Bartlett pear! Our partner, Viva Tierra Organic sells some of the most delicious organic Bartletts in the world.

Viva Tierra Organic is part of the Produce Mom Family & they are truly experts in organic produce.  They sell not only organic pears, but also apples, nectarines, kiwis and onions, all gathered from growers in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and Chile. In Spanish, “viva tierra” can be translated to mean “Living Earth”, which is symbolic for the company’s commitment to sustainable, organic agriculture and fresh, wholesome produce.

We have “peared” (see what I did there) with Viva Tierra to create this fun infographic to illustrate the history of the Bartlett pear, showcasing how it came to the United States and developed into the most popular pear in our country.


bartlett pears viva tierra infographic


I’m totally going to the grocery store tonight to pick up some Bartletts. Who’s with me?!

For more information about pears, or any other fresh, organic produce from Viva Tierra, I encourage you to check out their website, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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  1. My Dad mother was Rosetta Runge.
    her Mom was Emma Bartlett
    Emma Father was John Bartlett.
    was just wondering if any of the Bartletts cousins are still around.
    I would love to learn more about my father side of the family. I love to do geneology.