Seasonal Spotlight: Seckel Pears

Seckel pears are the smallest pears on the market, and they are also considered the sweetest (they're often called sugar pears for that reason). We've been getting these little plum-sized pears in our CSA pickup for a few weeks now, and we have a few tips...

Don't try to eat these little guys before they are perfectly ripe. If they still feel hard and don't have any give when you press them, they'll taste tart and woody.

You only get four or five bites out of a seckel pear, so they make a great, quick snack. But their size also makes them perfect for an appetizer (slice in half, trim out the seed, put a slice of parmesan or a dollop of ricotta on top, serve) or dessert (slice in half, trim out the seed, set in ramekin, top with crumble topping, bake). They'd also poach quickly and look pretty cute nestled into a bowl with ice cream.

Is anyone else eating seckel pears right now? Any recipe ideas?

Related: Seasonal Spotlight: Asian Pears

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