Seckel pears, also known as sugar pears, are only a few inches long but packed full of sweet flavor. The olive green skin has a dark maroon blush. Perfect for snacking, they are in season through January. Seckel pears are difficult to find so count yourself lucky if you find them in your grocery store.
Pears ripen from the inside out. Ripen them at room temperature until the area near the stem yields to gentle pressure. We recommend eating them immediately. You don’t want to ripen the pear first and then put it in the refrigerator or it will turn mushy.
If you would like to keep them longer store them in the coldest part of your refrigerator until you are ready to eat and then ripen them at room temperature. Unlike many pear varieties, Seckel’s don’t turn brown immediately upon cutting.