I love their pears - they are well worth the premium IMO. However, I got in on the last deal similar to this and it was just too many pears for our family. In addition, one of the pears was rotten when it arrived.
IMO - order this only if you plan to bake with the pears or give a box away.
EDIT: Also, I really don't mind the rotten pear. It's the first lemon (HAH!) I've received from Harry & David. My only thought was if some of the gifts I had shipped from H&D to friends and family were also imperfect. Oh well.
I bought a couple pounds of these earlier this month just to try them out, having heard all the hype. While they did take a few days to ripen they were quite good once they did -- very juicy for sure. My girlfriend ate one before it ripened actually, and remarked that it was the best unripe pear she'd ever had
That being said, they were a little too pricey for me, especially since I am not a pear fanatic. I ended up sharing them with my parents since there were so many and I was worried they'd go bad. I personally would not get so many again, but if you like pears, I definitely recommend trying them.
Last edited by Ayrdaomei; 01-26-2011 at 10:54 AM..
These pears are wonderful! Super juicy and smooth texture...can literally eat them with a spoon. We've had four orders already this month. One order came frozen (sat in delivery warehouse over weekend) and H&D promptly replaced them with the Royal Rivieras, instead of the Mavericks. Only difference in the boxes were the RR had a few pears wrapped in paper, otherwise, exact same product in my opinion. Sometimes the mavericks show small imperfections, but they still taste heavenly. If you're hesitant, give them a try - H&D has the best guarantee in the business (and I can vouch for that with experienced!)
I purchased a set of the Maverick pears this year because there doesn't seem to be a good sale on the regular ones like in years past (we buy them every year). The Maverick ones are NOT as sweet and are more grainy in texture than the regular ones. I was not happy that I was paying $3/pound with the discount for pears that taste like normal pears at the grocery store for $1/pound. The Mavericks are seconds, not only in appearance, but in taste too.
Picked these up when they were like $20 for the 2 boxes and at that price I don't know why you'd buy store bought pears. These things are juicy and creamy. At the normal price for the non-blemished pears it is a bit ridiculous but for these it's a pretty good price. There is a ton of meat on the fruit, unlike a lot of pears, and they are seriously the best pears I have ever had. Far better than those ones that Costco sold at Christmas time.
We refrigerated one box and ate the other one. I'd suggest doing that otherwise they all come ripe at the same time and once ripe they do go south pretty quickly. With keeping one in the fridge we just finished one box and the other is still not ripe so just take a couple out a day to make'em last!
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