This grapefruit-sized fruit actually grows on a climbing cactus. Its spongy pulp is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and juicy with numerous tiny edible black seeds scattered throughout
Chi gu is also known as Chinese Arrowhead and cigu, it is botanically classified as Sagittaria sagittifolia -
Inventory, 22 lbs : 3.00
This item was last sold on : 01/22/15
Seckel pears are available for a short time in the fall through the early winter.
The diminutive Seckel pears are sometimes referred to as “Sugar Pears” or “Candy Pear” for their sweet flavor. They are the smallest of all the commercially produced pears, and are quite possibly the only true American pear variety. Their true origin of Seckel pears is not known, but one theory is that it is a hybrid cross of an Asian and a European pear.
Seckel pears are a small, tear-drop shaped variety with a very round body and a short neck. The bit-sized pears have a green skin that can darken to an almost olive color and are marked with a red blush that ranges from a bright red to maroon. The creamy, white flesh of a Seckel pear is a bit more dense and coarse than other pears. For such a small pear, Seckels possesses the sweetest flavor profile of all the pear varieties.
Best for fresh use, but also known for being a dessert pear, Seckel pears lend a very sweet flavor to any application. Seckel pears are excellent for pickling and spicing; the small pears can be canned whole, or halved. Seckel pears make a great snack for small hands and fit nicely into lunch packs. Their sweet flavor lends well to baked goods like pies, tartlets and muffins. Use halved Seckel pears as a garnish or addition to a cheese plate. Seckel pears ripen from the inside-out, so the center softens first. To check for ripeness, press the fruit at the base of the stem. Taking longer to ripen than other pears, this pear keeps well when refrigerated. Ripen at room temperature.
It is believed that Seckel pears were discovered growing as a wild sapling in an orchard outside of Philadelphia in the early 1800s. Though there are some that argue that Seckel pears grew from seeds left by German immigrants travelling west. Today, Seckel pears can be found growing in the US Pacific Northwest.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Prepkitchen Little Italy||San Diego CA||619-247-0394|
|Table No. 10||San Diego CA||619-550-1262|
|Nobu||San Diego CA||619-814-4124|
|Ironside Bar Inc.||San Diego CA||619-269-3033|
|Hotel La Jolla & CUSP||La Jolla CA||858-459-0261|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|JRDN Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-270-5736|
|Waypoint Public||San Diego CA||619-255-8778|
|TREO||Rancho Santa Fe CA||760-672-2587|
|VIP||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Catania La Jolla||La Jolla CA||619-295-3173|
|Venissimo Cheese North Park||San Diego CA||619-376-1834|
|Culinary Students||San Diego CA||619-296-3172|
|Chef Luis||Chula Vista CA||619-395-6532|
|Fishery||San Diego CA||858-272-9985|
Recipes that include Seckel Pears. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Food Blogga||Watercress, Pear, and Brie Salad|
|Grow It Cook It Can It||Seckel Pears Canned In Red Wine Syrup|
|My Man's Belly||Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Frangipane Tart|
|Use Real Butter||Pear Liqueur|
|David Lebovitz||French Pear & Almond Tart|
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Garden State Farm Market
Near Highland Park, New Jersey, United States
About 116 days ago, 9/30/14
Meijer Near Newell, Illinois, United States
About 131 days ago, 9/15/14
Sprouts Farmers Market Near South Coast Metro, California, United States
About 340 days ago, 2/18/14
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at Sprouts Farmers Market.
Rouses in mandeville Near Mandeville, Louisiana, United States
About 368 days ago, 1/21/14
Metropolitan Market Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 453 days ago, 10/28/13
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at Metropolitan Market. Perfect afternoon....evening snack ;)
whole foods lynnfield Near Lynnfield, Massachusetts, United States
About 457 days ago, 10/25/13
north Idaho Idaho, United States
About 461 days ago, 10/20/13
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at north Idaho.
Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market Near Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan, United States
About 523 days ago, 8/19/13
Spotter's comments : Seckel Pears spotted at Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market.
Market Basket Near Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
About 548 days ago, 7/25/13