Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 43

Seckel Pear: As I mentioned before, I've been trying to introduce a lot more fresh fruit into my diet. And no matter how much shopping I do, I tend to notice fruits that I haven't heard of before, especially when I hit markets like Super H or Buford Highway Farmer's Market. Today's entry, the Seckel pear, was found at Your Dekalb Farmer's Market last week. I've really grown to love pears - they're easy to eat, with no skin to peel or pit to work around. I was curious to see how this one compared to others I've had, so I decided to give it a try.
The first thing I noticed was the diminutive size of the pear - it was much smaller than the Bartlett variety that's common in a lot of markets. I took a bite, and it reminded me a lot of the Bosc I ate recently, only a bit more tart. The inside was nice and crunchy, and not too sweet. Really good, but not necessarily better than other pears I've had. I'm not sure how easy these are to find, but I'd definitely try again if possible. I feel like this one could have been a bit over-ripe, so I'll make sure to eat sooner next time.

If anyone can recommend new fruits for me to try, I'd appreciate it. I'm quickly running out of options at normal grocery stores, so any advice would be great!


  1. Here's a start:
    - Figs (there are many varieties, and they're in season now, even Publix has them)
    - Pomegranate
    - Persimmon (fuyu is safer)
    - Guava (again different types are available)
    - Gooseberries
    - Cactus fruit, prickly pear, dragon fruit
    - Kumquats... if you can find the spherical ones, they are sweet, the oblong ones are sour. Eat the whole thing and spit out the seeds.

  2. Excellent, thanks so much! I'll make note of these the next time I go shopping.

  3. Palmello! Looks and peels like a grapefruit(except MUCH thicker shell), citrusy's awesome..Whole Foods, I think carries them...

  4. Some others to look for at Super H and/or BHFM are
    1) lychees
    2) rambutan (looks like a velcro lychee)
    3) Korean melons
    4) dragon fruit
    5) jack fruit
    6) golden honeydews (more expensive than the green ones but the gold ones that I've had were *much* sweeter
    7) paw paw

  5. Thanks for all the recs!I tried dragonfruit tonight, check out the new post for my thoughts.