Pint-Sized Pears!

Delicious, teeny Seckel pears from the Peaceful Valley site. Regarded as the only truly American commercial variety of pear!
Delicious, teeny Seckel pears from the Peaceful Valley site. Regarded as the only truly American commercial variety of pear!

Seckel Pears Coming to the Kitchen Garden

Looking through my Ison’s Nursery catalogue last week I came across the Seckel pear, a delicious (frequently paired with the words “gourmet” and “connoisseur”) and tiny pear variety, the Seckel. When I say tiny, I mean it’s kid-sized. Fun-sized. Petite. Cute with a slight red blush when ripe.

All that’s pretty cool but it wasn’t really enough to put me over on adding it to our orchard until a few other things came about just this week:

1) I learned that the Seckel is generally regarded as “the only truly American commercial pear variety.” Information is scant, but, supposedly it comes from a seedling of a native pear emerging in the 1800s in Pennsylvania.

2) Ison’s sent out a Pear promotional email good for $3 off all bear root pear trees.

Just off camera-left, there is room to extend the bed and add that Seckel pear. And maybe some artichokes, too!
Just off camera-left, there is room to extend the bed and add that Seckel pear. And maybe some artichokes, too!

3) Room for another tree emerged in the kitchen garden micro-orchard. Space is at a premium after Monday’s plant-a-thon but while building up the soil around the herb spiral fruit trees—multi-graft pluot, multi-graft Asian pear, McIntosh apple, and Italian plum—a pleasing-to-the-eye change to the bed-shape became apparent and darned if it wouldn’t just be a good spot for another tree! What better than a delicious, late harvesting (Aug-Sept) dessert pear to have right off the porch?

Frankly, I’d also been waiting for an opportunity to add another item or two to an Ison’s order ever since I found them to carry the Celeste and LSU Purple varieties of fig I want for the backyard fig row. Multiple orders with lots of shipping costs tend to blow, and I had another coupon for free shipping over a certain minimum. The Seckel, plus a few small cane berries pushed me over. What’s more, all of them together will help push the yard and garden more and more towards a delicious, flavor-filled homestead.

Gardening Is Good,
~Ben

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