Saturday, September 24, 2005

Fruit: Pears: Seckel

Berkeley Bowl seems to have Seckel Pears year round these. I'd first noticed them a few falls ago. Immediately fell for their coloring, tannic quality and cinnamon-like flavor. Tony Tantillo provided this useful description:

Seckel pears, developed in about 1800, are a small variety with a dull green cast and often have red highlights. It is very sweet with a somewhat grainy texture since it is a hybrid of European and Asian pears. Seckel pears are the variety most often found in home orchards.

Most web searches mention how sweet the pears are but compared to other ripe pears I'm not sure this holds up.

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