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Fan-Stil pears are medium in size with a unique bell shape. The skin of this pear is a creamy, bright yellow; some fruits have red blushing on the skin. Inside, the white flesh is crisp and juicy in texture. The flavor tends toward sweet. The semi-dwarf Fan-Stil pear trees are vigorous and bears fruit consistently. They grow upright up to ten feet tall, and can make a good garden pear tree for places with more limited space. Fan-Stil pears are extremely resistant to fireblight—more so than most or any other pear.
Fan-Stil pears are available in the late summer and fall.
Fan-Stil pears are a patented modern American variety of pear (botanical name Pyrus communis) developed by the Fanick Nursery of Texas. They are best known for their excellent resistance to fire blight.
One medium pear has only 100 calories. It also has 6 grams of fiber, and 7 mg of Vitamin C, along with other antioxidants found in the pear’s skin. Antioxidants, including Vitamin C, are important for cell growth and repair.
Pears can be eaten fresh out of hand, cooked as part of a main dish, or baked into delicious desserts. Fan-Stil pears are primarily a dessert variety. Chop up into oatmeal with honey and pecans, slice into salads with shaved parmesan and arugula, pair with pork and blue cheese, or simply sautee with cinnamon. Fan-Stil pears can be eaten right from the tree, and do not need to be left to ripen for a few days first.
While Fan-Stil pears aren’t commonly available commercially, they do make a good home garden choice. Fan-Stil pears have proven to be a steadily popular choice for home gardeners because of their disease resistance and productivity.
Fan-Stil pears are from the mid-twentieth century, developed by Eddie Fanick of Fanick Nursery. That nursery produced many new varieties of plants, most including the “Fan” prefix, such as the Fan-Tex ash tee. Fan-Stil pears are winter hardy, so they can tolerate cold winters. They also grow in more mild climates such North Carolina and Texas.
Recipes that include Fan-Stil Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Treats Affair||Pear Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust|
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