The season may be short but it is oh so sweet, for the diminutive Seckel pear. Autumn is in full swing when I start to see these sweet little gems pop up. In a big bowl, on a platter, or just scattered about a table–their beautiful variation of colors & size make for a lovely reminder of the season.
Whether you can them, use in a tart, pickle them, creatively use in a cocktail, or just enjoy looking at the beauties in a silver bowl, the diminutive Seckel pear is in season and if you can get your hands on a few, do. Many vendors at the Hudson Framers Market had cases of the pears, I saw them on Saturday at the Market and yesterday the grocery store had a big basket of the pears–they are out & about in force. Intensely sweet, both in taste and to enjoy visually.
Seckel pears are one of the things I so associate the Holidays with. Seckels are tiny pears, with a chubby, round body, small neck, and short stem. Their skin is usually olive green, but frequently exhibits a dark maroon blush that sometimes covers the entire surface of the pear. For whatever reason, these speak of Holiday to me. Must have been an ornament or dish that was served in my childhood that makes me think this way. They are incredibly sweet tasting, so cut in half they work beautifully on a cheese platter. They also can be canned whole, so they look festive in a glass canning jar, all snuggled together. But what I really like them best for is display. I think they look so great just as they are set amongst a pair of candlesticks or individually running down the length of a dining table. Whether enjoyed visually or eaten, Seckel pears are just sweet. Pun intended…
Happy Tuesday all!