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FEATURED FRUIT: Royal Riviera® Pears

Our legendary Royal Riviera® Pears are the fruit that started it all. Our founders, Harry and David, called these pears “so big and juicy, you eat them with a spoon®.” That was over 80 years ago, when the brothers started selling Southern Oregon-grown Royal Riviera® Pears as gourmet gifts.

These special pears are delicate and require warm days and cool nights to grow, making the Rogue Valley ideal for cultivating this famous fruit. The sweet flavor, buttery texture, and extreme juiciness of our Royal Riviera® Pears are what make them so delicious. Every one is handpicked and packed to arrive at your door in perfect condition.

NOW HAPPENING IN THE ORCHARDS

The harvest has officially ended. Our orchardists are busy repairing damage and winterizing our irrigation systems as they prepare for the trees’ winter dormancy.

Harvest Information

ROYAL RIVIERA® PEARS

Pears from the Harry and David orchards are now shipping.

SPECIALTY FRUIT

We will ship Sugar and Spice™ and Fuyu persimmons, pomegranates, and mega kiwis in October and November.

APPLES

Braeburn and Gala apples grown in Washington and Empire apples from New York are now shipping.

Orchard Facts

  • How do your orchardists ensure your pears are all ripe when they arrive, even when the weather is different from year to year?
    Because pears require cold weather to become sweet, our orchardists pick each pear the moment it ripens, after which we place them in cold storage for up to 30 days. This ensures that every pear in your box will arrive within a day or two of being ready to eat.
  • How do you get great pears all year round?
    We work with growers in multiple parts of the world to ensure that we have access to the right climate to grow top-quality Comice pears all year. Our orchardists fly out to Chile and New Zealand to inspect the pears we select, and we fly orchardists from those countries here to train them so they can provide pears that meet our standards.
  • When does your pear crop ripen?
    Depending on the year, our pears can ripen anywhere from the second week of August to mid-September. The cooler the growing season is, the faster our pears ripen.
  • When does your peach crop ripen?
    Our peaches ripen from the beginning of July into August while the weather’s warm. Unlike pears, peaches ripen faster in warm weather. If we get a cooler fall season, this means the peach crop and pear harvest will sometimes run together.
  • How do you make sure the best fruit gets into your gifts?
    Every peach and pear (the two fruits we grow in our own orchards) is picked by hand sorted in the field. We then use a machine to take 17 pictures and sort them again to weed out imperfections, and finally, before packing, each piece of fruit is looked at one more time, by hand, to ensure only the highest-quality fruit is shipped.
  • How much fruit do you grow each year?
    We grow about 400 tons of Oregold® Peaches, 15,500 tons of Royal Riviera® Pears, and 800 tons of Bosc pears. The total harvest varies based on weather conditions throughout the year.
  • Where do you grow your apples?
    The majority of the apples we sell come from quality growers in Washington, since Washington apples are high quality and can be shipped everywhere in the U.S. From March to July, when apples aren’t in season there, we send our orchardists and merchants to New Zealand, which shares similar climate characteristics to the U.S. Pacific Northwest in many areas.
  • What’s a fun fact about a fruit that most people don’t know?
    In order to turn orange, citrus fruit needs the cold. When temperatures are too warm at night, oranges, HoneyBells, and other fruit will stay green—even though they’re perfectly sweet and delicious. They just don’t take on that beautiful orange hue.