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About Forelle pears
Forelle pears originated in Saxony, Germany, sometime in the 1600s, making them an ancient and distinguished variety. In German, the word Forelle translates to trout. Many believe this stems from the bright red lenticels or freckles on the pear's skin, similar to those found on the rainbow trout. Forelle pears even go by the name trout pear in some regions.
The Forelle pear was first brought to the United States by German immigrants in the 1800s. Today, they thrive in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon. South Africa's Cape province grows the most commercial volume of the Forelle pear worldwide. Chile produces the Forelle pear for export in significant quantities.
Forelle pears are diminutive in size, ranging between 2.5 to 3.5 inches. That puts them only a little larger than the smallest pear variety, Seckel pears. Forelles have a symmetrical, bell-shaped body that tapers from the round base up to a short neck. The narrow stem of the Forelle stretches straight and long, unusual for pears. The red freckles are perhaps the most unique characteristic.
The crisp, juicy flesh of the Forelle pear may be one of the best-kept secrets in the pear world. Of the commercially grown pears, the Forelle has the fewest commercial orchards, which might contribute to the Forelle's relative anonymity. That said, the Forelle pear has a strong demand for those who understand its virtues. Forelle pears also have an unmatched tangy sweetness.
The Forelle pear begins with a green skin that turns yellow as it ripens, making it one of the few pears that change color on the tree. Farmers harvest them beginning in September, and they remain available in stores through January.
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