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Clapp's Favorite Pear
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The Clapp's Favorite tree grows vigorously, with an upright growth habit. The large, pyriform fruits themselves are a beautiful yellow with red or scarlet cheeks. The flesh is sweet with a little acidity, with a juicy and fine-grained texture. The flavor is mild.
Clapp's Favorite Pear is available in late summer and early fall.
Clapp's Favorite Pear is an old American variety of Pyrus communis, originally from Massachusetts. A red variety is called Red Clapp's Favorite, or Starkrimson. It has been described as similar to the Bartlett Pear, and may be mis-labelled by some retailers.
Pears have around 100 calories and contain many important nutrients. Vitamin C, dietary fiber, iron, calcium, and potassium are also present in pears. These fruits also have pectin, a particular type of fiber that may help guard against colon cancer.
This pear is fairly versatile. It is good for fresh eating, canning, and cooking/baking. They do not store well, however, so they should be eaten or processed quickly. Choose pears that are firm rather than very soft, and that are free from bruising. To use them immediately, store them at room temperature. To keep them for a few days longer, store in the refrigerator. They are ready to eat when the stem end gives slightly to pressure. Clapp's Favorite Pears go well with almonds, cheese, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Modern consumers like their pears to be softer, the better for fresh eating. However, historically, pears tended to be harder, and had to be bred to fit changing preferences. Europeans in the 17th and 18th centuries bred softer pears, which then travelled to the New World. Today, there are generally more varieties of pears that have grown in Europe than in the United States.
The first Clapp's Favorite Pear tree was discovered in the 1850s in Dorchester, Massachusetts (now a neighborhood of Boston). It grew on Thaddeus Clapp's property, leading to its present-day name. He introduced this pear to market in 1860. Today it grows well in the northern UK and the northeastern United States.
Recipes that include Clapp's Favorite Pear. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Tablespoon||Caramel Pie Pears|
|Hummingbird High||Maple Pear Pie with a Cream Cheese Crust|
|Cooking on the Front Burner||Wild Rice Pear Pecan Salad|
|Taste of Home||Pear Gingerbread Cake Roll|