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Da Pears

I can understand why so many Renaissance painters included pears in their paintings. They’re just so beautiful! So… painterly. (There’s a word that grates on my nerves.)

Orcas pears

These are Orcas pears. It’s an oddball variety that was discovered on nearby Orcas* Island. This year’s crop is smaller than usual. I haven’t had one ripen yet, so I’m crossing my fingers that they will taste good. Because typically the Orcas pears taste absolutely delicious.

I don’t know why I never see them in the stores. If you ever have a chance to try one of these delicious pears with the pretty orange blush, snap it up!

* Pronounced “or cuss,” not “or cuz” like the whale. I don’t know why.

It’s particularly confusing since the waters around Orcas Island are one of the best places in the Pacific Northwest to watch orcas. Several pods of resident or-cuz live off the shores of Or-cuss Island.

6 comments to Da Pears

  • Those look just like the ones that I’ve seen at our local farmers market- maybe I’ll have to try one!

  • joannenicole

    Your wiki link for Orcas Island explains…It’s pronounced ‘or-cuss’ because it was originally named Horcasitas – It was shortened and anglicized to Orcas later on.

    Also – I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years and this is the first time I’ve commented, lol. The chickens brought me here (still haven’t convinced my husband to let me get any) and you’re the reason I started playing Sims 3 :) Love your stuff!

  • Franz

    Wow, I’ve never noticed that Orcas and orcas are pronounced differently. Or perhaps it never occurred to me that they should sound the same, since orcas is a plural noun and Orcas isn’t.

  • Erika

    Michelle, you definitely should give them a try!

    Joannenicole, thanks! I guess we should be calling it “Horcas Island”!

    And Franz, I think it’s just one of those weirdo pronunciations we’re all used to, like “Puget” or “Snoqualmie.” It’s easy to forget how unlikely those pronunciations are, to outsiders!

  • Wow, those even LOOK delicious! I feel like I can practically smell them through the screen…. except that sounds sort of weird, so maybe I’ll just stick with they look delicious.

    On weird pronunciations, when I was 15 I lived in a city in Michigan named Lake Orion, except they said it like “OR-ree-on” and not like “oh-RYAN” as in the constellation. It was.. odd. And they definitely don’t have the excuse of being named by a Spanish naval officer.

  • Sara

    That’s one I never noticed before. Like Franz, I thought it was the singular-vs-plural while reading your entry.

    We all know about the Sequim (squim), Puyallup (pyoo-ALL-up) and Rainier (RAIN-eer, not rahn-YEH) oddities. I learned in 8th grade that Seattle is really see-‘A-chwol (terrible transliteration, sorry), not Sealth or any of the other faux-approximations.

    The one that bugged me in Colorado was Buena Vista (BYOO-na VIH-sta), as though the Anglos who moved in were offended by the Spanish who were there first. (or maybe just too dumb to pronounce it properly; who knows?)