Don't let their small size fool you, Seckel Pears are jam packed with wonderfully sweet flavor and lucky for us, they are in season from September through December. In comparison to other pears - the texture is a bit more coarse than other varieties but we just got our first batch in the kitchen and they are cute (and sweet) as can be!
Small, but Mighty!
Because of their size, Seckel Pears are sometimes overlooked but it is actually an advantage for a couple of reasons:
- Even our little ones (2's and 3's) have no issue holding onto the fruit with one hand and taking a big, juicy bite out of them.
- They are the perfect item to be served alongside some of our new fall favorites - ricotta cheese ravioli or our chilled asian noodle salad. (There is a little compartment on the plate just for them!)
- As we approach some of our festive, seasonal holidays these fruits can serve as a charming, edible decorations for the table...but believe us, they won't last long as decorations!
What else can they be used for?
There are several other ways to creatively use the Seckel Pear to sweeten up your season.
For the craftier folks, these pears can actually be canned whole - so you can create a delicious preserve or enjoy the fruit even when it's not in season. If you want to get even more creative while they are in season, you can check out a tasty recipe for poaching using your very own Seckels. Once you peel them, add just a touch of sugar, and start cooking them in water, your entire home will have a deliciously fragrant smell and you can forget about the Pumpkin Spice Candle you almost bought at the store.
If you are a cheese connoisseur or just generally enjoy eating cheese, sliced Seckels are a pretty accompaniment to any cheese plate which makes for an ideal pre (or post) meal treat.
There is nothing better than a comforting warm soup as we move into these fall months to help warm your body right up. The hearty, yet sweet soup pairs perfectly with a fresh green salad for a wholesome
dinner for the family.