Seckel Pears are small. So much so, that if you've ever seen one, you probably dismissed it, said it looks unsubstantial, decorative, or maybe just thought it a cute little novelty like a tiny salt and pepper shaker. If you've ever tasted one though, you'd remember it. The Seckel pear is believed to be the only truly American pear that is currently commercially grown. While it's history remains somewhat mysterious, the general consensus is that this delightful little pear is a hybrid of Asian and European pears. It gets its name from the Pennsylvanian farmer who discovered it around 1820, as a wild seedling rather than a European cultivar. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “good things come in small packages”, nothing could be a more fitting description for the Seckel pear. These sweet, almost desert quality pears are pure joy in that first bite; the second and the third bites leave you only wanting more.
Seckel Pears Availability
As much as we may wish that Seckels were in season year round, sadly they are only available from October through February. You may want to mark your calendar!
Seckel Pears Taste & Ripeness
Their petite size, thin skin and smooth juicy flesh make them the perfect afternoon snack, or garnish to your savory meal. Like most pears, the Seckel ripens fully after its been harvested. Set these tiny gems out on your countertop in a brown paper bag, and "Check the Neck" to determine ripeness. A perfectly ripe pear should yield a little under gentle thumb pressure around the base of the stem, while remaining firm around the middle fatter area of the fruit.