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April, 2008

Asian pears taste very similar to a pear, but resemble an apple, which is where the name derived. Melissa’s Seckel Pears are small, almost bite-sized pears with a brownish-yellow russet color skin, and Forelle pears are small pears that are perfect for snacking because they are bite size.

New Crop Chilean Asian Pears
New Crop Chilean Asian Pears
Asian pears are thought to be a cross between an apple and a pear, when actually they are closely related to a pear. They taste very similar to a pear, but resemble an apple, which is where the name derived. There are hundreds of varieties of Asian pears available today, making them available all year around. They are delicious eaten out of hand, firm and crunchy with plenty of quenching juice. Asian pears are great on fruit platters, in salads, in pies, or desserts, or where ever you may use an apple. Most Asian pears will last about 30-60 days when refrigerated, but it is always best to eat as soon as possible. Store them in the refrigerator, wrapped carefully so they will not bruise. Most apple pears are handpicked and individually wrapped to prevent any bruising in shipping. Asian pears are a good source of Vitamin B and potassium. They are also low in calories (about 44 per 3 oz.) making them the perfect snack


Seckle Pears

Seckle Pears
Melissa’s Seckel Pears are small, almost bite-sized pears with a brownish-yellow russet color skin. Seckel pears are sweet and juicy, with a satisfying, slightly grainy texture. Eat these pears out of hand to enjoy their juicy and delicious flavor. Seckel pears are delicious when sliced in salads or served on a cheese platter. They are delicious baked as a dessert in tarts or cubed over ice cream. Seckel Pears should be kept at room temperature to ripen, and then refrigerated until ready to ear. They are low calorie and make a healthy snack.






Forelle Pears

Forelle Pears
Forelle pears are small pears that are perfect for snacking because they are bite size. These sweet but firm pears can be used as snacks, in baking, cut up in salads or as a wonderful garnish. They are full of flavor and satisfying, too. Generally available throughout the winter months, Forelle's are one pear you won’t want to pass up. Forelle pears are an older variety, thought to have originated in Germany around the 1600’s and brought to the US in the 1800’s. They are now grown commercially in Oregon and Washington. Forelle pears are low in calories and perfect for on the go snacks. Click here to see what's "In Season" at Melissa's!