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Tiny and Sweet Seckel Pears

Seckel pears are cute tiny pears that are only a few inches long with a round body and a small stem.  Their skin is an olive green with a dark maroon blush that sometimes covers the entire pear with a pale white to yellow flesh.  They are super sweet and have been described as sugar pears. 

An 18th century Pennsylvania farmer is credited with introducing the Seckel pear from a wild seedling.   The tree is naturally a semi-dwarf which is about 40-75 % the size of a standard pear tree and grows to about 10-16 feet.  Seckel pears are not grown commercially as much as other pears so don’t miss out if you find them in your grocery store.

Sweet Seckel pears are in season from late August through January.  As the Seckel ripens, the olive-colored skin takes on a matte finish and the red darkens. As we talked about before, pears ripen from the inside out.  Ripen at room temperature until the area near the stem yields to gentle pressure.  Make sure your pear has a stem on it because once the interior is exposed to oxygen it will start to decay.  Seckel’s  store best in the coldest part of your refrigerator.  You don’t want to ripen the pear first and then put it in the refrigerator or it will turn mushy. Unlike many pear varieties, Seckel’s don’t turn brown immediately upon cutting.

They are perfect for a snack in your children’s lunch, can be canned whole, delicious poached for desserts or roasted and served with meat.  They also go well with light cheeses such as Manchego that won’t over power the delicate sweetness of the Seckel Pear.

Vanilla Poached Seckel Pears With Honey And Warm Spices

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