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Bambinella pears are very small and round, almost like cherries— they measure just 25 to 35 mm wide. The skin is green overlaid with a pink blush. The flesh is crisp, very juicy, and extremely sweet. Bambinellas have been compared to Asian pears in both texture and flavor.
Bambinella pears are available from mid-summer through fall.
Bambinella is a mini pear (Pyrus communis), small in size, but large in flavor. Traditionally grown in Malta, this tiny pear is now also grown in the UK.
Pears are a healthy snack or addition to any meal. They are low in calories, and have no sodium, fat, or cholesterol. They do contain dietary fiber, natural sugar, a small amount of protein, and some Vitamin C.
The tiny size of Bambinella pears makes them ideal for kids' snacks. They can be packed in lunch boxes or snacked on at home. They also are useful in cooking, especially in recipes that highlight them as an unusual dessert. Pears should be ripened at room temperature and then stored in the refrigerator when ripe.
In the UK, the pear market is dominated by the Conference pear. Supermarkets and growers are interested in broadening the number of varieties available to British consumers, and are looking for new pears to develop, such as Bambinella.
Historically, Bambinella pears have been grown primarily on the Mediterranean island of Malta. In the past few years, the UK has shown interest in Bambinellas. First, the grocer Marks & Spencer imported several thousands kilograms of pears from Malta starting in 2009. Currently, British growers in Kent are trying their hand at growing Bambinellas. Worldwide Fruit has been distributing them from these farms to British supermarkets.
Recipes that include Bambinella Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
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