Tag: pears

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

Summer comes and goes in the Pacific Northwest with nary a drop of rain. It’s Seattle’s best kept secret. Our summers are Miami’s winters. Unfortunately, such a lack of precipitation (while good for picnics) is bad for young fruit trees; they need watering intervention. Newly-planted […]

Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard

Perfect Pears for the Home Orchard

As plots of ground and garden go, orchards hold a special place in my heart. For the gifts of promise, patience and firmly-established roots look no further. The planting of my own orchard has been an episodic tale of discovery and reward. In fact, this year […]

Clara Frijs: Best Pear You’ve Never Eaten

Clara Frijs: Best Pear You’ve Never Eaten

I’m an equal opportunity fruit eater. Whether the fruit grows on a tree, vine, bush, or wee plant, chances are, I will like it. And one of the joys of having some land and a penchant to plant, is that I can try out uncommon fruit […]

Orcas Pear: My One and Only

Orcas Pear: My One and Only

Orcas Pear: blush in a basket I just picked my first (and only) Orcas pear from the three-year-old tree in my orchard. (Just wait until next year’s bumper crop!) According to WSU, “Orcas pear is a seedling discovered by Joe Long, a farmer on Orcas Island, […]

Winter Pear Salad: A Gifted Dish

Winter Pear Salad: A Gifted Dish

The good, among the bad and the ugly of the refrigerator. After the holidays, my refrigerator can resemble a food morgue with rows of Tupperware caskets sealing in freshness or fuzzy blue mold as the case may be. After deciding to exhume the bad dishes […]

Tyson Pear: Portrait of an Heirloom Fruit

Tyson Pear: Portrait of an Heirloom Fruit

  The Tyson pear is summer’s answer to winter’s Comice. I spent the first twenty-some years of my life eating but one pear: the Bartlett, first found canned, bobbing in a soup of syrupy sweetness, second as the only option in the grocery store produce aisle.  Years later, […]