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One of my very favorite pears :) Love their color and flavor...



Petite, freckled and red-cheeked, the bell-shaped Forelle pear, pronounced For-ELL, is a miniature variety and one of the smallest varieties of pears. Rather crisp-textured and fairly firm even when ripe, this is one of the very few pears that changes color as it ripens. When ready to eat, this pear's greenish skin turns a brilliant yellow and is characteristically marked with contrasting reddish freckles called lenticels, its distinctive feature. Most often used decoratively and considered a specialty pear, its flavor may be sweet, bland or quite astringent.


Forelle pears are believed to be native to northern Saxony, Germany, making their debut in the 1600s. Their name translates to "trout" in German and is sometimes called trout pear. Not known for certain just how or why this pear was named Forelle, its skin color does have some similarity to the color and markings of a Rainbow trout, possibly being the reason for its name.

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Taken on August 8, 2010