The Falstaff pear

The Falstaff pear is a rare gem of Italian fruit growing. It is the result of a crossbreeding of the Abate Fetel and Cascade varieties by researchers at the CRA – Council for Agricultural Research and Experimentation. It is exclusively grown in Emilia-Romagna, in an area spanning the provinces of Modena, Ferrara, and Ravenna. This characteristic feature makes it a unique product from a terroir of only a few dozen hectares.

Its distinctive appearance features an intense red skin, fading to yellow and orange, covering at least 50% of the surface. Instead, the less sun-exposed parts retain a green streak during harvest. Its characteristic elongated shape, described as “calebasse”, with a short and lignified stem makes it unmistakable. Given these features, it is often referred to as the “red sister” of the Abate Fetel pear.


The Falstaff pear has a characteristic elongated shape and an intense red skin fading to yellow and orange. Its flesh is snow-white, firm, and juicy. Its taste, however, is unique—bold and almost spicy. Though still not widely known, it is an exceptional quality fruit that delights the palate and pays tribute to Emilia-Romagna’s fruit-growing heritage.


The Falstaff pear is typically harvested between the third week of August and early September, when it reaches its ideal ripeness. Afterwards, it is kept in cold storage rooms for nearly a month, ready to be sent to shops.


The Falstaff pear is available on the market from the third week of September to the end of April. It is a limited production that can also be stored for long periods, beyond six months after harvest.


Pears’ nutritional value

Pears, appreciated for their taste and juiciness, are a rich source of essential minerals and trace elements. Thanks to their high content of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper, they support proper cell function. This fruit is highly digestible and offers antioxidant, diuretic, and refreshing benefits, making it an ideal choice for a healthy and low-sodium diet.

Pears are also an excellent source of soluble fibre, such as pectin, which helps remove residues and toxins, lowers cholesterol, and aids in weight loss. The insoluble fibre found in their skin and flesh absorbs some of the sugars consumed with other foods. So, the consumption of this fruit is not only delicious, but also beneficial for health.


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