1. Seckel pears are a tiny version of their full-sized counter parts. They usually have a chubby body, small neck and short stem. The average size is about 2-2.5″ in height. These are most often found in home orchards.
2. Great for snacking or preserving, seckel pears are delightfully sweet with a slightly tough skin.
3. Seckel pears are believed to be the only major variety of pear that actually originated in the United States. They were first found near Philadelphia in the early 1800s.
4. Typically available from August to December, the seckel pear is great for pairing with hearty fall dishes.
5. One of my favorite ways to eat them are roasted with cheese. See the recipe below.
Maple Syrup Roasted Seckel Pears
(makes enough for 4 as an appetizer)
10-12 small seckel pears, sliced in half
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a saucepan, cook butter until slightly browned (giving it a nutty flavor). Add maple syrup and cook until almost caramel-like.
Add pears and toss to coat with syrup mixture.
Bake cut side down on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes or until pears are carmelized.
Sprinkle with sea salt and serve with your favorite cheese.