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Seckel pears are a small, tear-drop shaped variety with a very round body and a short neck. The bit-sized pears have a green skin that can darken to an almost olive color and are marked with a red blush that ranges from a bright red to maroon. The creamy, white flesh of a Seckel pear is a bit more dense and coarse than other pears. For such a small pear, Seckels possesses the sweetest flavor profile of all the pear varieties.
Seckel pears are available for a short time in the fall through the early winter.
The diminutive Seckel pears are sometimes referred to as “Sugar Pears” or “Candy Pear” for their sweet flavor. They are the smallest of all the commercially produced pears, and are quite possibly the only true American pear variety. Their true origin of Seckel pears is not known, but one theory is that it is a hybrid cross of an Asian, Pyrus pyrifolia, and a European pear, Pyrus communis.
Best for fresh use, but also known for being a dessert pear, Seckel pears lend a very sweet flavor to any application. Seckel pears are excellent for pickling and spicing; the small pears can be canned whole, or halved. Seckel pears make a great snack for small hands and fit nicely into lunch packs. Their sweet flavor lends well to baked goods like pies, tartlets and muffins. Use halved Seckel pears as a garnish or addition to a cheese plate. Seckel pears ripen from the inside-out, so the center softens first. To check for ripeness, press the fruit at the base of the stem. Taking longer to ripen than other pears, this pear keeps well when refrigerated. Ripen at room temperature.
It is believed that Seckel pears were discovered growing as a wild sapling in an orchard outside of Philadelphia in the early 1800s. Though there are some that argue that Seckel pears grew from seeds left by German immigrants travelling west. Today, Seckel pears can be found growing in the US Pacific Northwest.
Recipes that include Seckel Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Boulder Locavore||Seckel Pear Soft Shelled Creme Tart|
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Real Food Market & Deli
Near Helena, Montana, United States
About 187 days ago, 2/13/18
Cash Wise Foods Near Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
About 235 days ago, 12/28/17
Whole Foods Co-op Near Duluth, Minnesota, United States
About 280 days ago, 11/13/17
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at Whole Foods Co-op.
Little Italy Mercato
Farmer MarioNear San Diego, California, United States
Gilbert And Lee Quintos Farms
PO Box 2791, Oceanside 92051
About 380 days ago, 8/05/17
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at Little Italy Mercato.
PCC Natural Markets
PCC Natural Markets - FremontNear Seattle, Washington, United States
600 N 34th St, Seattle 98103
About 687 days ago, 10/02/16
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at PCC Natural Markets. Also called Honey Pear, a small, reddish-brown skinned pear, crisp and very juicy!!
HyVee, Algona, Ia Iowa, United States
About 721 days ago, 8/29/16
Hy-Vee Lakeville Near Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
About 721 days ago, 8/29/16