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.
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,