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Fin de Siecle Pears
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The Fin de Siecle pear is medium to large in size and oblong or conical in shape. It has a beautiful light gold skin flushed with a deep rose color, sometimes with some light russeting around the stalk. Inside, the white flesh is an impressive texture—very juicy and melting/buttery. The flavor is extremely sweet, tasting like almonds and rose.
Fin de Siecle pears are available in the fall.
Fin de Siecle pears are a relatively old variety of Pyrus communis from Belgium with great flavor and texture and a nice appearance. The first Fin de Siecle pear may have grown from a seed of the Souvenir de Lydie pear.
Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber, necessary to keep the digestive system working. Pears also contain a good amount of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, which aid in cell growth and repair, among other benefits. One medium sized pear has around 100 calories, and is fat free and sodium free.
This is a dessert variety of pear, meant mainly to be enjoyed fresh out of hand because of its wonderful texture and rich flavor. Slice into a salad with nuts such as pecans or walnuts and a balsamic dressing, or serve on arugula salad with shaved parmesan. Pair with pork tenderloin. For dessert, serve on top of vanilla ice cream or dip into honey.
The phrase “fin de siècle” means “end of the century,” or “turn of the century” in French. It is a reference to when this pear was first grown and marketed, around the turn of the twentieth century.
This variety is thought to have been first raised by Daras de Naghin of Antwerp, Belgium in 1899, and named one year later in 1900. It grows best in temperate climates.
Recipes that include Fin de Siecle Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Dinner at the Zoo||Pear Custard Pie|
|The Splendid Table||Double Pear Pudding Cake with Warm Caramel-Cognac Sauce|
|Running to the Kitchen||Pear, bacon and brie grilled cheese|