A strong emphasis has been placed on combining crisp and juicy flesh texture with desirable flavours, with importance placed on selecting crunchy or fine flesh textures incorporated from Chinese and Japanese pears respectively.
Many PIQA® fruits have interesting and novel flavours, some of which have not been found in pears before. Flavour is expressed at two levels. Many selections have a characteristic European pear flavour. After a period of cool storage different secondary flavours are also found including: tropical fruit, tropical pear, melon, nut, aniseed, coconut and plum. Acid levels are generally low or balanced with high sweetness. These attributes are often maintained over a long cold air storage and shelf-life; for some, up to six months storage and possibly beyond, followed by three weeks’ shelf-life.