If you didn’t know – I love pears.
They are one of my most favourite fruits. They are often associated with a late summer through late winter harvest (though primarily autumnal).
That being said & despite it being well into spring (though it currently feels like full-blown summer right now in Southern California, with temperatures of 95ºF today) – I spied these organic Abate Fetel pears (imported from Argentina… of course) at one of my local natural foods markets a couple weeks ago. As a voracious pear eater who had never had this variety – I could not pass up this opportunity to try them & to do a little research because I am often curious about varietal types.
As it turns out, the Abate Fetel is also referred to as Abbé Fetel – named in honor of the French abbot who cultivated this variety in 1866!
Apparently Abbé Fetel are lovely paired with pecorino romano cheese – but as you can guess, I had them by themselves. They were delightful. I’m looking forward to pairing the two together next time.