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.)
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.