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Kalle pears are medium to large in size. They are traditionally pear shaped, with a round bottom and a tapered neck. The skin is what makes this pear stand out—it comes in shades of bright red, maroon, crimson, or purple-red. As Kalles ripen, the skin turns from darker to brighter. Inside, the flesh is white, creamy, very juicy, and mildly sweet with floral notes.
Kalle pears are available late summer through winter.
Kalle pears are a variety of Pyrus communis, more commonly known as Red Clapp’s or Starkrimson. They are a mutation of the even more famous Clapp’s (Clapp’s Famous) pear. Kalle is considered a fairly early variety of pear, since it ripens ten days or more before Bartletts, a very common variety.
Pears are low in calories because of their high water content, and high in important nutrients. They have 15 to 20% of the daily recommended value of fiber, which is concentrated in the skin. In particular, they contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber that is good for digestion and keeping cholesterol levels low, among other benefits. Pears also have Vitamins C and K, copper, and potassium in smaller amounts.
Like other pears, Kalles are particularly good for fresh eating, but can also be used for baking and canning. Use in salads or as part of a charcuterie plate paired with blue cheese. Kalle pears do not last long once picked, and should be eaten within a few days, though they can be stored longer in the refrigerator. However, these pears are somewhat unusual in that they can be eaten directly off the tree, without having to ripen off the tree first.
Kalles have many names, which reflect many aspects of this pear. The name Red Clapp’s links Kalles to Clapp’s, an older variety. Kalle is the name of the person who discovered the mutation of Clapp’s. Starkrimson is a trademarked name, developed after the pear’s discoverer transferred the rights to grow the pear to Stark Bros Nursery in Missouri.
Traditional green Clapp’s pears have been around much longer than Kalles. In the 1950s, a branch of red pears was discovered as a sport on a Clapp’s tree in Missouri by Adrian Kalle in Van Buren County, Michigan. Kalle transferred the rights to Stark Bros Nursery in 1952, and a few years later they were introduced by Stark Bros as Starkrimson. In 1956. Today, they are grown around the U.S., but do especially well in the Pacific Northwest.
Recipes that include Kalle Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|A baJillian Recipes||Fresh Pear Cake with Whipped Brown Sugar Buttercream|
|Baking a Moment||Pear Dumplings|