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The Kieffer pear is medium to large in size, and golden yellow-green, with a long shape. The white flesh is crisp without being crunchy, and coarse while also being juicy and sweet. The smell has been described as musky.
The Kieffer pear is available in the fall through winter.
The Kieffer pear is an old American variety of pear that is a cross between the European Bartlett pear and the Asian Sand pear (Pyrus communis x Pyrus pyrifolia). This pear tree is known to be particularly hardy and disease resistant, and also self-fertilizing.
Pears are a nutrient-dense fruit, with few calories but many important nutrients. One medium pear contains almost a quarter of the daily recommended value of dietary fiber, along with 10 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, important for the immune system and cell repair.
Today, the Kieffer pear is most well-known for use in cooking, baking, and preserves. Use in sauces and pair with honey to enhance the sweet flavor. However, it also makes an excellent dessert pear; the trick is to let it ripen in storage for several weeks. Unlike other common pears, the Kieffer needs a period of chilling before it is ready to be eaten out of hand. The pears are harvested while hard on the tree. At this point, they can be used for cooking, or put in the fridge or other cool storage area. After storage, the pears will begin to soften.
Many old homesteads used to plant pear trees as signs of luck. As the homesteads fell into disuse and were abandoned, the trees also lost their vitality. Kieffer pear trees, on the other hand, often still survive, marking the spot where a family used to live.
The first Kieffer pear was recorded at Peter Kieffer’s fruit nursery near Philadelphia in the 1870s. It was an accidental cross between a Sand pear and a Bartlett pear, and proved to be a winner. This pear was once much more popular than it is today. Kieffer pear trees grow in a remarkable range of climates because of its hardiness, ranging from New England to the South.
Recipes that include Kieffer Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
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