Frugality, Friendship, and Florida Pear Pies
|Florida Pears are not so pretty!|
One of my simple delights is free foraged food. Digging my own clams, catching crabs off a dock, gathering wild berries, hunting the elusive Morel Mushroom, discovering an abandon fruit tree and filling my skirt with the promise of a sweet smelling kitchen coming up, these things just delight me!
So when my neighbor came by with a pool skimming net full of Florida Pears, I gave him a silly smiling thank you and made a mental note to make an extra pie for him too!
|pretty in a pie!|
I have tried to find out a little history on these hard speckled skinned pears and here is what I have come up with after finding Sherry Boas's article from September 25, 2011 in the Orlando Sentinel:
1. They are an old Fashioned Southern Pear
2. Varieties such as Orient, Kieffer, and Pineapple pear were staples of Florida Homesteads
3. They are nicknames "sand pears"
4. They are used for baking and canning
5. They thrive in our Florida climate but are mainly forgotten.