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Good things often come in small packages.

In the case of the diminutive Seckel, this could not be more truthful. The smallest of all commercially grown pears, Seckels are also the sweetest. So sweet in fact, that the near bite-size morsels are sometimes called "sugar pears."

Seckels are tiny pears, with a chubby, round body, small neck, and short stem. Their skin is usually green, but frequently exhibits a dark maroon blush that sometimes covers the entire surface of the pear.
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Because of their small size, Seckels can easily be overshadowed by the larger varieties. However, it's their size which makes them a perfect choice for certain uses:

Snack-sized Seckels added to lunch boxes or bags are appreciated, particularly by children who love their extremely sweet flavor.

Seckels are small enough to be canned whole. Jars of "baby-pear" Seckels are charming as gifts.

As a plate garnish, a small half Seckel pear is attractive.

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For a free brochure, titled "Seckel Suggestions - Great Ways to Use These Sweet, Little Treats," send a long, self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Pear Bureau Northwest

4382 SE International Way, STE A
Milwaukie, OR 97222-4635

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Seckels are believed by many to be the only truly American variety of pear in commercial production. Unlike other varieties developed in the U.S. from a cross or bud sport of other European cultivars, Seckels are thought to have originated as a wild seedling near Philadelphia. They were discovered in the early 1800's. This may or may not be true, however. It is possible that German imigrants travelling westward through the area dropped fruit or left seeds behind.
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