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Forrel pears are small in size, though larger than Seckel pears. They are usually symmetrical and bell-shaped with a round base and a short, tapered neck. The skin has a greenish-yellow background overlaid with a red blush. Red lenticels also dot the skin. This pear changes color as it ripens, unlike most varieties of pears, ripening from green to a bright yellow. Inside, the texture of the white flesh is firm and crisp but juicy. Forrel pears have a rich aroma and very sweet flavor, including notes of cinnamon and spice.
Forrel pears are available from spring through early fall.
Forrel (or Forelle) pears are a variety of Pyrus comunis originally from 17th century Germany. Today, they are grown in countries around the world and shipped globally. Forrels are increasingly grown in South Africa and exported to countries such as Indonesia, where they can be found at markets.
Small pears contain less than 100 calories each. They have plenty of fiber, good for the digestive system and important in creating a feeling of being full. Pears also have phytonutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin C, which play a role in cell growth and repair.
This pear is great for eating fresh out of hand or for slicing into salads or for snacks. Pair the Forrel with tart cheese to balance its sweet taste. Combine Forrels with tropical fruits into fruit salads, or with arugula or other greens for a savory salad. Forrel pears ripen at room temperature, so keep in cold storage to prevent them from ripening quickly, and place ripe fruits in the refrigerator if not eating immediately to prevent them from spoiling.
The name “Forelle” originally comes from the German word for trout, since the coloring of the pear reminded some of similar coloring of a rainbow trout. The spelling of Forelle may appear altered as it has traveled around the world, labeled as “Forrel” in Indonesia.
Forrel pears are grown in warm climates such as South Africa, which grows a variety of pears. In recent years, Forrel/Forelle pears are the second-most grown variety in South Africa by acreage. About half of South African pears are exported, including to Indonesia, which is a growing pear market.
Recipes that include Forrel Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Dominican Cooking||Oatmeal and Pear Bake|
|Mari||Forelle Pears Baked in a Cake with Brown Sugar Walnut Glaze|
|Tasty Kitchen||Honey Roasted Forelle Pears with Ginger Mascarpone Cream|
|The Bikini Chef||Wildflower Honey-Poached Forelle Pear Salad|