Thursday, April 9, 2009

Abate Fetel

Surely the "golden apple" that Paris awarded to Aphrodite as the fairest of the goddesses was not an apple at all, but an abate fetel pear—beautifully golden, with a hint of blush, and shaped like a classical torso. First cultivated in France in the 1860s, the abate fetel has become my favorite variety of pear—lovely, flavorful, firm, and with a satisfying crunch even at the peak of its ripeness. It's also perfect in Martha Stewart's Pear Upside-Down Cake. Abate fetels are available at Just Food Coop in Northfield.

1 comment:

Penelope said...

That is indeed a sexy fruit -- and not a variety whose name is familiar to me. And it's a beautiful photograph!

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