Anybody grow Forelle Pears?

Today I picked a couple from Market Basket, and they tasted great! They were grown in South Africa, if you will give them an other try make sure you avoid the green color as much as possible, get the brightest yellow/red ones instead. The taste was very sweet, but no acidity. Certainly far from being dry.


Here is how it should look like, anything less than this will be dry and tasteless.


Forelle is Flowering heavily this year. No fireblight yet.



Are the blooms early for you, or about on schedule? Spring is sneaking up on me. I’ve still been eating some of my forelle from last year. Great keeper.



Seem to be on time this year.


Peaches and pears early here…but apples right on time.


Forelle has set fruit this year let’s see if they can hold onto it!

"Forelles (pronounced for-EL) are one of the smallest varieties of pears, a little larger than Seckel pears. Their symmetrical body, often bell-shaped, begins with a small round base that tapers evenly to a short neck. Their stem is usually long, straight, and narrow. A unique characteristic are the red lenticles, or freckles, that set this variety apart. Their flesh is moist and crisp.


Forelles are perhaps one of the best kept secrets of pear lovers. Their overall crop size is among the most limited of all commercially grown pears in the Northwest. However, that is no reflection upon the demand for Forelles by those who are familiar with the variety. They are available from September through January, so don’t pass an opportunity to buy these bite-size delights whenever you find them displayed in the markets where you shop.


Forelles are one of the few varieties of pears that do change color as they ripen. An attractive red freckling, called “lenticels,” remains brilliantly visible while an underlying green skin turns bright yellow as they ripen.

Like all pears, Forelles ripen at room temperature. The length of time necessary to ripen Forelles depends on how ripe the fruit is when purchased. It may take several days before Forelles begin signaling ripeness. However, the wait is rewarded with a beautiful transition in the fruit’s appearance, and a delicious, sweet and tangy flavor with a satisfying crisp texture.

The Unique Beauty of Forelles

Forelles are one of the most colorful pears. Their red lenticles appear in bright contrast to their brilliant yellow skin when ripe. A bowl full of ripening Forelles provides a beautiful and edible centerpiece, particularly during the holidays and other special occasions.

Culinary Uses

Because of their small size, Forelles are typically not the best choice for most recipes; the exception being those that showcase the Forelle’s unique characteristics, like in colorful salads and other fresh uses. It is their small size, however, that makes Forelles a good choice as snacking pears. They are very sweet, with a flesh that is slightly firmer than most other pears. Their size, festive appearance, and naturally sweet flavor make Forelles a winner in children’s lunch boxes. Trade a Forelle for a Twinkie? No way!

"Forelles are a very old variety, and are thought to have originated sometime in the 1600’s in northern Saxony, Germany. The name Forelle translates to mean “trout” in the German language. It is believed that the variety earned this name because of the similarity between the pear’s brilliant red lenticles and the colors of a Rainbow trout.

Forelles were introduced to the United States by German immigrants in the 1800’s, and they are now produced in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington."


I have 2 from TOA third leaf so far no fruit but I had blooms for the first time this year so am hopeful, they seem to be my slowest growing pears so far but the ones I tasted before were excellent



Most people have never had a good one and they can be highly variable. I’m confident we can grow them to taste good but I’m not confident we can work around the bacterial infections they get yet. Only time will tell long term.

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Many people want to know where to find corella pears and i just want to mention they are the exact same as forelle. Corella is the Australian name for them. You might see them sold by either name , it is a global market.


I just picked some up locally (they’re from Chile). Sweet and juicy. Almost a jelly or gumminess to the texture I’m not quite sure how to describe. Not quite a dripping as some others, but I didn’t let them sit on the counter for a few days yet. Skin seemed a little thick, but I don’t mind the mild flavor of pear skin compared to say apples.


Per the USDA, Forelle (parentage unknown) and Vermont Beauty (daughter of seckel) are totally different

Forelle is way too gritty for me but, as others have said, taste is subjective - did not like the Costco forelles…


vermont beauty


My local supermarket was selling Forelle pears from South Africa this week, and they looked so good I had to try some. Certainly an attractive fruit and the comparison to trout is apt. But they were unimpressive in every other aspect. Stayed hard and didn’t ripen up properly, pretty dry, and the flavor was sweet but nothing else. Picked too early, maybe, but they sure looked ripe.


Very pretty pear. I had really considered planting one here in my orchard. I had not known anyone that had personal experiences with one in my area though. With FB being a issue with pears I hated to have that happen to it. I lost a Bartlet pear to FB.

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