Seckel Pears



Seckel pears are available in the fall through winter.

Current Facts

Seckel pears are botanically classified as Pyrus communis and are also known as Sugar Pear, Dwarf pear or Lady Finger pear. They are members of the Rosaceae family along with apples, quince, almonds, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Culinary Uses

The small size of Seckel pears makes them ideal for snacking raw out-of-hand. Peel before serving slices of Seckel in salads or pairing with cheeses such as parmesan, brie or blue cheese. The ripe texture allows them to be used in baked goods such as tarts, crisps and even ice cream. Use the ripe fruit to make purees for baby foods and sauces. The semi-ripe texture makes them excellent for poaching, stewing or baking with other fruits.

Nutritional Value

Seckel pears are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They also contain a good amount of copper, potassium and vitamin K. This variety of pear is lower in calories than some other varieties due to its smaller size. One medium Seckel pear contains only about 70 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate.

Storage & Seasonality

Seckel pears ripen best when left on the tree until they naturally begin to soften; this usually happens in September or October in the Northern Hemisphere. The fruits can be stored at room temperature for up to a week, but are best when kept in the refrigerator and eaten within three to five days of purchase. Seckel pears can also be frozen for long-term storage. To do this, wash and core the pear, cut it into desired portions and freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag until ready for use.

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