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Durondeau Heirloom Pears Come To The United States

As far as we know this is the first time organic Durondeau heirloom pears are being brought to the United States from Argentina and Earl’s has them! We just received a limited quantity in yesterday!  The Durondeau has a golden exterior with streaks of red blush and is covered all over in a soft russet. This is the first time for all of us to try the Durondeau.  They are not ripe yet and we all had different opinions on the flavor, ranging from it punches you in the mouth, a bit tart with a crisp bite to having a floral flavor.  Earl thought it was similar to the Winter Nellis pear or honey pear known for its sweet flavor that goes great with cheese platters or in salads.  As the pear ripens the flavor will change and we would love to hear what you think on our Facebook wall.  The Durondeau is not a long term storage pear but it is amazing for fresh eating and cooking.  The light granular texture is similar to the Bosc Pear which is often used in desserts.  The Durondeau might ripen similar to the Bosc which gives less than other pears when you apply gentle pressure at the neck.   As a reminder pears ripen from the inside out.

The Durondeau pear was originally cultivated in the garden of M. Durondeau, in the village of Tongre-Notre-Dame, Belgium in 1811. They are also sometimes called Tongre or De Tongre pears, after the city. It was grown in the United States as early as 1858, but seems to have since largely disappeared from cultivation in the western hemisphere.  We are excited to be able to offer the Durondeau pear on a limited basis.

 

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