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A Word from the Warehouse – August 2018

by Sara Clow
I’m an apple pear
I’m not my apple cousin
Eat me, I’m better.

Here we are … the dog days of summer in the South. And while no one wants to think about turning on their oven for a crisp apple pie, it’s exactly the time when the great Pome fruit varieties are ready to pick. Pome? Pome fruits belong to the Rosaceae plant family (sub-fam: pomoideae) and are characterized by a core of small seeds, which is surrounded by a strong, tough membrane, and an edible layer of fruit flesh.

Apples, pears, loquats and quince are some of the most popular pomes. Pome fruit can grow in a wide range of climates and, although we don’t have much success growing apples in the Lowcountry, our location is perfect for delicious Asian pears. The Asian pear is also known as an apple pear for its round, squat shape. For more than 2,000 years, Asian pears have been harvested in China and Japan. The fruit was brought to North America in the 1800s and has slowly made its way to the American South. Firm, crisp and sweet, the Asian pear can replace any apple in a traditional recipe. So, this August, go local, drop that apple, channel your inner pome rebel, and pick up an Asian pear.

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