CF Fresh Inc., Sedro-Woolley, Wash., has released an organic pear, the heirloom Durandeau variety.
The Durandeau, sometimes called “tongre”, was first grown in Belgium. It grew in the U.S. as early as 1858, according to a company release.
Since then, it has largely disappeared in the Western Hemisphere.
Addie Pobst, lead import coordinator for CF Fresh, said the pears are grown in the Rio Negro valley in Argentina.
“With modern-agronomic techniques, post-harvest handling, cold-chain technology and the interest of consumers in trying new varieties, it is now possible to resurrect some of these forgotten treasures,” said Pobst.
The pear has a sweet, rich flavor and a golden skin with a red blush, according to the release. It is not a long-storage variety,
CF Fresh will pack the pears in 10-kilogram boxes.
According to the release, volume will be limited this season, with arrivals in the U.S. the first week of March.