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Pyrus communis "Forelle" | Forelle pear, 2684

Forelle pears are beautiful little pears, and have a venerable history (1600s, Belgium & France). They are a bit unpredictable in terms of eating quality though, often being mealy and/or bland due to incorrect storage and ripening conditions (they need a long period of evenly cool temperatures to mature properly; late harvest or a burst of heat will ripen them immediately and make them mealy). Nowadays they are most often grown in South Africa and to a limited extent in Washington State and the eastern US.

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