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