The Kishu tangerine is a seedless, easy to peel variety. Measuring about two inches in diameter, the skin is very loose and the flesh is bright orange with a mild, sweet flavor.
Red Chinese Mulberries
The Red Chinese mulberry tree is a broad, spreading bush or small tree dotted with small thorns. Like its mulberry relatives, the fruits are technically not a berries but rather aggregates of tiny fleshy drupes clustered around a single stem
Honey Belle Pears
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Honey Belle pears are petite green fruits with a vibrant red flush. The small pears have a typical pyriform shape, with a wider bottom narrowing at the neck and a short, dark stem. They are naturally sweet and are best eaten when fresh and crisp. Their texture is crunchy like an Asian pear.
The Honey Belle pear is available for a short time in the spring months.
Honey Belle pears are a variety of European Pear, botanically known as Pyrus communis, native to New Zealand. Honey Belle pears are known as the sweetest wonder of the world ‘down under’. The small pears require no ripening.
Honey Belle pears make great fresh, out-of-hand snacks, particularly because of their size. Add fresh to salads or bake in a nice pear cake. Poach pears in either white or red wine to soften. Honey Belles hold their shape when cooked, in tarts or pies. Honey Belle pears should be kept refrigerated until ready to eat.
The Honey Belle is grown exclusively in the “fruit bowl” of New Zealand, otherwise known as Hawke’s Bay. Pears or Pipfruit (so called for the tiny pip, or seeds, in the middle of the fruit), have been growing in this area of the North Island of New Zealand since the 1960s and now accounts for half of the national export. The Honey Belle is a relatively new variety, still not quite on the international radar.
Recipes that include Honey Belle Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Said she Said He||She Said Pumpkin and Pear Ravioli|
|Running to the Kitchen||Cinnamon Pear Pancakes|
|Virtually Homemade||Grilled Cheddar, Pear and Arugula Sandwich|
|Not Enough Cinnamon||Pear and Gorgonzola Brioche Toast|