Red Chinese Mulberries
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Nouveau Poiteau Pears
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The Nouveau Poiteau pear is medium to large and generally oval in shape, although it tends toward irregularity. The skin is a greenish-yellow, often with a brownish-red blush and covered with russet. The flesh is white, juicy, and buttery/melting, with a sweet, rich, and perfumed flavor.
The Nouveau Poiteau pear is available in the fall.
Nouveau Poiteau pear is a variety of Pyrus communis The Nouveau Poiteau is most often grown as a garden variety; while not the easiest pear to grow, it crops heavily on the tree and is fairly resistant to scab. This pear is named after the French pomologist Antoine Poiteau, although since there was already another variety named after him, the Nouveau was added to denote “new.”
Pears are a healthy choice for snacks and meals, with few calories and no fat or cholesterol, and little sodium. Pears do contain over 20% of the daily recommended value of fiber, which aids in digestion and keeping cholesterol levels in the body low. They also contain Vitamin C and other antioxidants, good for the heart and for the immune system. Smaller amounts of calcium, iron, and protein are present in pears as well.
This pear is primarily known as a dessert variety, good for eating out of hand. Pears match well with strong cheese like brie, Stilton, cheddar, and Gorgonzola, and also go well with honey. Combine with raw or melted cheese and honey for a good snack, or include Nouveau Poiteau pears and cheese in salads. It can be hard to judge when the Nouveau Poiteau is ready to eat, since it is still green when ripe. Check for ripeness by feeling if the flesh is soft, rather than color.
Pears are closely related to apples, although they are generally less popular in gardens and markets. While they grow similarly to apples, pears tend to need more warmth and sun to grow well, trees can produce fruit for up to 100 years.
The Nouveau Poiteau Pear was first raised by a Belgian fruit grower named J.B. Van Mons at Louvain in 1827. The tree first fruited in 1843 and was introduced to the European market soon after. It has always been most popular in Europe, and is often grown in gardens there.
Recipes that include Nouveau Poiteau Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Monika Hibbs||Pear & Cinnamon Muffins|
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