Forelle pears are one of the smallest varieties of pears, a little larger than Seckel pears. Their symmetrical body, often bell-shaped, begins with a small round base that tapers evenly to a short neck. Their stem is usually long, straight, and narrow. A unique characteristic are the red lenticles, or freckles, that set this variety apart. Their flesh is sweet and crisp.
They are one of the few varieties of pears that DO change color as they ripen. The Forelle’s red freckling, called “lenticles,” remains brilliantly visible, while an underlying green skin turns bright yellow. Like all pears, Forelles ripen at room temperature.
Due to their small size, Forelles are typically not the best choice for most recipes. However, they do make a great addition colorful salads and are great in other fresh dishes. It is their small size, that makes Forelles a good choice as snacking pears.
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Uses: Fresh, Salads, Beverages