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Forelle
(For-ell)

For what they lack in size, Forelle pears make up in sweet flavor and beautiful appearance. Known as a great "snacking" pear, Forelles are as wonderful to eat as they are beautiful to see on display. Learn more about the colorful Forelle pear below.

Availability
Forelles are perhaps one of the best kept secrets of pear-lovers. Their production is among the most limited of all commercially grown pears in the Northwest. However, that is no reflection upon the demand for Forelles by those who are familiar with the variety. They are available only from October through late winter, so don't pass an opportunity to buy these bite-size delights whenever you find them displayed on produce counters where you shop.
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Ripening
Forelles are one of the few varieties of winter pears that do change color as they ripen. An attractive red freckling, called "lenticles," remains brilliantly visible while an underlying green skin turns bright yellow as they ripen.

Like all pears, Forelles ripen at room temperature. For best results, place them in a closed paper bag or fruit ripening bowl. The length of time necessary to ripen Forelles depends on how ripe the fruit is when purchased. It may take several days before Forelles begin signaling ripeness. However, the wait is rewarded with a beautiful transition in the fruit's appearance, and a delicious, sweet flavor with a slightly crisp texture.
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Identifying
Forelles are one of the smallest varieties of pears, a little larger than Seckels. Their symmetrical body, often bell-shaped, begins with a small round base that tapers evenly to a short neck. Their stem is usually longer and more narrow than a Seckel. A unique characteristic are the red lenticles, or freckles, that set this variety apart.
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The Unique Beauty of Forelles
Forelles are one of the most colorful pears. Their red lenticles appear in bright contrast to their brilliant yellow skin when ripe. A bowl full of ripening Forelles provides a beautiful and edible centerpiece, particularly during the holidays and other special occasions.
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Great For Snacks
Because of their small size, Forelles are usually not the best choice for most recipes; the exception being those developed specifically to showcase the Forelle's unique characteristics. It is their small size, however, that make Forelles a good choice as snacking pears. They are very sweet, with a flesh that is slightly more firm than most other pears. Their size and naturally sweet flavor make Forelles a winner in lunch bags and boxes, particularly among children.
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History
Forelles are a very old variety, and are thought to have originated sometime in the 1600's in northern Saxony, Germany. The name Forelle translates to mean "trout" in the German language. It is believed that the variety earned this name because of the similarity between the pear's brilliant red lenticles and the colors of a Rainbow trout.

Forelles were introduced to the United States by German immigrants in the 1800's, and they are now produced in the Northwestern states of Oregon and Washington.
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