Forelles are one of the best-kept secrets of pear-lovers. Thought to have originated sometime in the 1600s 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 lenticels and the colors of a Rainbow Trout. Forelles were introduced into the United States by German immigrants in the 1800’s, and have been slowly growing in popularity ever since. As one of the more petite pears, the Forelle is just a little larger than the Seckel, making it a perfect bite-sized snack.
Forelle Pears Availability
These delicious little pears have a relatively short window of availability. Harvested in October they usually only last through late winter.
Forelle Pear Taste & Ripeness
Extremely sugary and very juicy, they are one of the varieties that do change color as they ripen. An attractive red freckling, called “lenticels” remains brilliantly visible while an underlying green skin turns bright green-yellow as they ripen.