Last week at the farmers’ market, I picked up my annual mini-pumpkin (I find them irresistible. Year after year, their cheerful bright orange cuteness outweighs the fact that they are useless). At the same stand, I espied some tiny pears.
They are called seckel pears, or sometimes sugar pears because they are so sweet.
Unlike mini-pumpkins, they are both cute and delicious: good for a small snack or a sweet garnish. You can tell when they’re ripe the same way as normal pears: when the top part of the pear, near the stem, gives a little under gentle pressure from your fingers and thumb.
Enjoy, if you can find them!