Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pear Blossoms

It is that time of year with the Rogue Valley in full bloom and the annual Pear Blossom Run and Parade in Jackson County underway. The pear trees here on the farm are in bloom too.

We have six different varieties of pears for some tasty snacking, pear butter, pear pies and crisps, and adding to The Farm Mix. The red Bartlett and green Bartlett pears are great for canning and dehydrating. The Asian pears have a satisfying crunch and are very nice toppers to a salad. The Comice pears are juicy, creamy and delicious, and with plenty of water they can produce single pear that weighs a pound! The Anjou pear has a mild flavor and stores fairly well into the winter, and the Bosc pear has a distinct long neck and golden color when ripe. We even have a small Seckel pear tree that produces compact packages of sweetness.

With all this talk about pears, I think we will have some pear butter with our supper tonight. Enjoy the blooms!

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