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
Monterrey pears are a large variety from northern Mexico, botanically a cultivar of Pyrus pyrifolia. The Asian pear hybrid was selected from the tree of a popular southern Texas variety. Monterrey pears are a cross of European pear and a Japanese pear.
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Fragrant pears are small, slightly round and sometimes egg-shaped. The pear lives up to its name; it is fragrant, with a floral aroma. Yellow and green in color with a slight red blush, these aromatic pears have smooth skin and small dots on its surface. The pears travel quite a distance from where they are grown and can be found wrapped in tissue and a netted sleeve. Fragrant pears are best eaten when firm; they are crisp, sweet and juicy with a white flesh.
The Fragrant pear is available during the fall, winter and spring months.
The aromatic Fragrant pear has been cultivated for more than 1,300 years in a small province along the Silk Road in China. The botanical identity of this small pear was largely unknown until 2001, when scientists determined that it is in fact a complex hybrid of two European (Pyrus communis) species, an Asian (Pyrus pyrifolia) and a little-known local species, Pyrus armeniacifolia. These pears are also referred to as Korla Fragrant pears for the city in the Xinjiang region where they are grown.
Fragrant pears are best eaten fresh, out-of-hand, but they also work well in green salads and in baked goods. Like other Asian pears, the Korla pears keep their shape when cooked. Poach in red wine and cinnamon for a sweet dessert or bake in a tart or pie.
The Fragrant pear has been cultivated in the Xinjiang province of China for over 1300 years. It was only introduced to the rest of the world in 2006. Grown along the Silk Road, these pears are considered the finest in the area and are more expensive than most grown in surrounding China, Japan or Korea. The pears are grown in the city of Korla, which is the largest city in Western China. Farmers there use air guns to remove dirt, insects or debris from the pears and gently wrap them in tissue and foam net for their journey across the world. An Oregon farmer brought a cutting back from China in 2004 and has tried growing the pears in the Hood River valley, with unknown results.
Recipes that include Fragrant Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Souper Diaries||Pear Soup with Pork Ribs|
|Gimme Some Oven||Caramel Pear Cookies|
|Sense & Serendipity||Salad of Roasted Beets, Fragrant Pear, Arugula, Labneh and Indian Millet|
|Sense & Serendipity||Salad of Roasted Beets and Fragrant Pear, and Arugula|