Packham Pears are medium to large in size and are irregular in shape with a bulbous, wide bottom that tapers to a smaller rounded neck with a slender, dark brown stem. Similar in appearance to a bartlett pear, the skin transforms from green to pale yellow when ripe and is covered in patches of russeting, prominent lenticels, and small, smooth bumps.
Packham pears are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Packham Pears are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as baking or poaching. They can be served fresh, out-of-hand as a snack, sliced and mixed into leafy green salads, tossed in fruit or pasta salad, layered on cheese boards with nuts and other fruit, blended into smoothies.