The Durondeau has a golden exterior with
streaks of red blush and is covered all over in a soft russet. They are not
ripe yet and we all had different opinions on the flavor, ranging from it
punches you in the mouth, a bit tart with a crisp bite to having a floral
flavor. Earl thought it was similar to the Winter Nellis pear or honey
pear known for its sweet flavor that goes great with cheese platters or in
salads. As the pear ripens
the flavor will change. The Durondeau is not a long term storage pear
but it is amazing for fresh eating and cooking. The light granular
texture is similar to the Bosc Pear which is often used in desserts. The
Durondeau might ripen similar to the Bosc which gives less than other pears
when you apply gentle pressure at the neck. As a reminder pears
ripen from the inside out.
The Durondeau pear was originally cultivated in the garden of M. Durondeau, in the village of Tongre-Notre-Dame, Belgium in 1811. They are also sometimes called Tongre or De Tongre pears, after the city. It was grown in the United States as early as 1858, but seems to have since largely disappeared from cultivation in the western hemisphere. We are excited to be able to offer the Durondeau pear in very limited quantities.
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