It is a cultivar of the species “Pyrus communis”, commonly known as the “European Pear”. This Williams pear is considered a summer pear, not as tolerant of cold as some varieties. Williams are aromatic pears, and have what many consider the definitive “pear flavor”. Colours of the pear vary from green when unripe, to yellow (ripe) and red.
In Britain, in 1799 James Carter imported several Williams trees into the United States. Red Bartletts or Williams are very similar to the traditional Williams, aside from ripening to a reddish colour rather than yellow colour.The pear’s full name is Williams’ Bon Chretien, or Williams’ good Christian. A nurseryman named Williams later acquired the variety, and after introducing it to the rest of England, the pear became known as the Williams Pear. However, the pear’s full name is Williams’ Bon Chretien, or “Williams’ good Christian.
“Williams pears are a good source of fiber. Dietary fiber can help prevent constipation, making one’s bowel movement easier to manage. Fiber can also scrape cholesterol out of the arteries and blood vessels. One Williams pear contains 5 grams of dietary fiber. The daily recommended dietary fiber intake for men and women are 38 grams and 25 grams, respectively.Williams pears contain many antioxidants like vitamin C and chlorogenic acid. Antioxidants seek and neutralise typical cell-harming free radicals that can destroy cells or turn them into cancer.