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The Comice is a large, juicy, late-ripening dessert pear with yellow skin. Its name is short for Doyenné du Comice. It was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by a gardener called Hilaire Dhommé, who worked for a certain M. Millet de la Turtaudière, a gentleman of Angers. Doyenné itself is an abbreviation of French poire de doyenné, literally ‘deanery pear’; and Comice reflects the fact that M. de la Turtaudière was president of the local Comice Horticole, ‘Horticultural Society’.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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