A Single Pear

Last week I wrote about heirloom apples.  Well, yesterday Scott and I picked up our final box of fresh fruit from our CSA, Future Fruit Farm in Ridgeway, WI.   Among the varieties included was an Aurora pear. Ellen, who tends the orchard with husband Bob and daughter Selena, made a note in our newsletter:  “We’ve been taking care of these trees for 28 years and this is the first year we have received fruit from them!  We got 1 bushel of these pears, so each member’s box includes one Aurora Pear.”

Aurora pear from Future Fruit Farm

Yikes.  Twenty-eight years.  I am in awe of Ellen and Bob’s patience and labor and faith.

The pear also reminded me of the passage I shared last week about Kristina, an immigrant woman who longed for a taste of her favorite apple.

When I searched for more information about Aurora pears, I quickly found a catalog description:  “Exceptionally high quality—maybe the world’s best.” (cumminsnursery.com)

The Aurora pear in our box was not fruit to be casually chopped into a crisp, or mushed into jam.  I sliced it up.  We savored each piece.  It was delicious.

Ready to enjoy.

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4 Responses to “A Single Pear”

  1. Meg Says:

    Yum [g]. Pears are probably my alltime favorite fruit, and I bet that one was wonderful.

    And I have great admiration for people who keep the diversity of our heirloom produce alive.

  2. Kathleen Ernst Says:

    It was excellent! And tonight, pear and cranberry pie.

  3. Reynardine Says:

    Pears, like apples, are tricky in Upper Florida. Our usual species are Pyrus lecontei seedlings. They are sometimes called conkies, maybe a corruption of LeConte, but surely a description of what happens if one falls on you. Most are far too tough too eat out of hand, but I got a start of a superior specimen from the late Randy Wilson. This kind becomes aromatic and tender if you leave it on the tree until there is a faint winey smell, and it is first rate for baking, perry, or just throwing in the crockpot with a little sugar water and a pinch of cinnamon. It shrugs off fireblight and is covered in Spring with blossoms over two inches broad.

  4. Kathleen Ernst Says:

    I’m not familiar with the term conkies! Interesting. And oh, I can almost smell and taste that pear you describe…

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