Rocha Pear

With a color, texture, juicy/sweet flavor and an excellent capacity for long term storage, the Rocha Pear is an attractive variety from every point of view.

Due to the own resistant to handling and transport (even long distances) and because it has a great shelf life, Rocha pear is a product adapted to the modern distribution. Thanks to its properties, there is low loss of flavor during the storage period. Its resistance to handling allows the use of any type of packaging. Their yellow color is also very attractive.

Among the principal buyers of Rocha Pear, are some of the best retail companies in Europe and America.

Also for the final consumers of rocha, this pear is has advantages in its purchase, justified by their extreme eating qualities, taste and great sweet flavor.

The Rocha Pear is an excellent fruit to be eaten as a dessert or between meals.

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History

The history of Rocha Pear took us back to 1836 when it was first identified in Sintra, in a property of a Mr. Pedro António Rocha. He found a pear tree with different properties and fruits of unusual quality. Due to the specific tradition and quality of the pear, this variety and area of production has a registered PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) from the EU, named “Pera Rocha do Oeste - DOP”.

This authentic and exclusively Portuguese variety, has been grown in Portugal in the last 150 years with legal protection of production in the west area of Portugal, flanked by the Atlantic coastline and from Leiria in the north to Sintra in the south.

Rocha Pear production in Portugal:

The west area in Portugal stands out with remarkable agricultural aptitude, mainly in the production of Rocha Pear. Coopval is placed in this central production area, in Cadaval, a municipality that stands out, with a 2,073 hectares of pears production area, with an expressive growth in the last decade.

> 1000 ha
500 a 1000 ha
100 a 500 ha
< 100 ha

Production area of Rocha Pear in the west of Portugal:

  • Sintra, where it was first discovered, has nowadays around 120ha of Rocha pear production area among very small family growers.
  • There are another 8 municipalities with main Rocha Pear producers: Cadaval, Bombarral, Torres Vedras, Caldas da Rainha, Alcobaça, Lourinhã, Óbidos and Mafra.
  • Another 14 municipalities, also in the west area of Portugal, produce Rocha Pear but without the same importance. Besides this concentrated production area, Rocha Pear is produced in other places around Portugal, but in small quantities.

Why the consumption of Rocha Pear?

Rocha Pear is a great choice for the consumer, justified by its extreme quality and pleasant flavors. Rocha Pear is an excellent fruit to be consumed as desserts or between meals (snacks), fresh or cooked.

Pears are considered the fruit par excellence for babies and early childhood. Rocha variety, is produced in an eco-sustainable environment, making it the ideal fruit to introduce in a baby food diet. Included in the Mediterranean diet, this fruit represents the skills, knowledge and tradition concerning the sharing and consumption of food.

Taste is the first and foremost when it comes to the way people think about food. Most consumers do want eat food that is healthy, but without sacrifice taste. So with Rocha pear consumers can found both. Sweet is the taste that can be found in this pear. Regarding the firmness, usually youngsters like them crunchy, with a firm texture, while older persons prefer them soft, aromatic and juicy.

Morettini Pear

Morettini Pear

This pear variety is a cross between two pear varieties, Coscia and Williams. The fruit is medium to big size, with a smooth skin of yellow straw color, showing a red blush on the side exposed to the sun. With a rich flavor, slightly acid (sour), the flesh is white and compact, aromatic, juicy and sweet/acid.

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Royal Gala Apple

Royal Gala Apple

With origin in New Zealand, Gala is a clonally propagated apple cultivar. Nowadays is one of the most popular variety in the world due to its good taste, color and conservation. Many sports of Gala have been selected, mostly for increased red color, making the Royal Gala today one of the most popular.

Gala apples are vertically striped or mottled, characterized by the typically round-conic shape and overall orange color and variable size. Gala are sweet, fine texture and with a very good aroma. Royal Gala apple is one of the most known fruit in the world. The color of the flesh is white with a crunchy and juicy consistence.

Grown in areas with a temperate climate, Royal Gala apple is recognized by its nutritional potential, containing high levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium and fiber.

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Fuji Apple

Fuji Apple

Fuji is an apple hybrid developed by growers in Japan in the late 1930s. Fuji are typically round and flattened shape. Range for large to very large diameter. Its main characteristic is the pink speckled flush over a yellow-green background.

The fruit have a dense white flesh, sweeter and crisper than other varieties, make them well known all over the world.

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