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The Reason Behind Our Gold Wrapped Pears

They’re beautiful, all lined up and snuggled tight in their box. You see similar ones almost every time you visit the produce section. But never like this. Perfectly sun-kissed, with flawless skin and exceptional size. When you open a box of Harry & David® Royal Riviera® Pears, you know you’ve opened something extraordinary. Something so great, it’s wrapped in gold.

Royal Riviera® Pears

The gold foil lets you know you’re about to enjoy something amazing.


It started back in 1934 when brothers Harry and David turned their world famous Royal Rivera® Pears into the perfect holiday gift. They had started the business by supplying first class European hotels and entrepreneurs with their exceptional fruit. But when they began offering the pears as holiday gifts back home, they knew an extra touch would convey the decadence of this rare variety of pear. So in each box, one pear was wrapped in shining gold foil, turning what may seem like a beautiful pear at first glance into a treat fit for a king. Harry & David® Royal Rivera® Pears quickly became a tradition for American families. But even though the pears were sweet, juicy and better than anyone else’s, it was that one gold pear that created a celebration in every household. Some people always eat it first, and some always save it for last. Ask around and you’ll hear that it’s the best tasting pear in the box or that it will bring good luck to whoever opens and eats it. Over the years, we’ve heard every tradition you can imagine. One woman sent us a letter that fondly described her childhood Christmases when her grandpa would give each kid a gold wrapped pear with a crisp ten-dollar bill.  

Carrying on an 80 year tradition, Royal Riviera Pears from Harry & David arrive wrapped in gold.

For 80 years we’ve wrapped the pears in gold and delivered a special moment to families across the country. It’s one of our founders’ traditions we love most. And we think they’d be happy to know it’s alive and well all these years later. Do you and your family have a tradition around our gold pears? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

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    Dazzle Deal
    June 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Does anyone know why only one pear is wrapped in gold foil?

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    December 19, 2016 at 11:18 am

    We are nurses who work on Maternal Child Health and a doctors office sent us a box of golden pears. So our golden pear was missing and no one will admit to eating the golden pear. So we played a game of Clue and narrowed it down to one person, however she will not admit to eating the golden pear.

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    Sooz Hudson
    September 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I grew up as an American child in Italy. Most of those who did that (and there were enough to fill 3 high schools in Rome) became very enamored with the country for its beautiful music, fabulous art works, acute sense of fashion, to-die-for ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, and (of course) the leather goods. As great as all of that was, I’m sure my buddies will all agree – the FOOD is where we were spoiled rotten! Who wouldn’t go nuts over all the fresh fruits available on a daily. To this day, I have never had a Blood Orange as those were from Spain. American fruit just isn’t the same. After returning to the U.S. and trying several pears (Bosc, Anjou, and countless others) I have found that your Royal Riviera pears are the only ones I’ll eat. Thank you for your “deliciousness”! The juice just runs down your arm! I LOVE them!!

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    December 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    my dog ate the golden pear when we weren’t looking

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    Dan Shaw e
    December 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    The pear wrapped in gold foil will ripen sooner, so enjoy that pear first!

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    February 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I remember, many years ago when I was a small child, my parents received a Harry and David big box of goodies from my grandparents. It was absolute TABOO to ever open a gift early, so they didn’t. Christmas morning came, we opened the box and they had waited too long and all of the pears had started to rot. Then, as now, I didn’t care much about the other goodies in the box, but I was heartbroken over not getting to eat those wonderful pears.
    That memory has so colored my world that if I get a gift or card early, I always open it immediately. At least I blame it on that event!
    Best pears ever! Thanks for many years of memories.

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