This is the pear most of us got in our lunchboxes as kids. It has the classic pear shape and lime green to yellow skin (more golden when it's super ripe). Bartletts are sweet, soft, and delicious, but you have to be careful they don't get too ripe. They can go mushy (and bruise) pretty fast. For that reason, we prefer to save these for snacking. If we bake with them, we make sure they're not quite ripe.