For the last nine years, there has been a star variety in the U.S. pear market in terms of prices – Stark Crimson. As can be seen in the chart below, the cultivar’s average prices have been head and shoulders above the rest.
In 2018, the prices were US$2.61 per kilogram on average – a whole US$1 higher than the next closest variety, Summer Bartlett.
This year has been no exception for Stark Crimson. The price peak came in week 30, with an average of US$3.19 per kilogram, far above other cultivars.
In the chart below, we can also see that the variety’s season is short in relation to other varieties, which can be in supply year-round. Stark Crimson is only present in the market between August and September. The season this year was particularly short, lasting only six weeks.