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Aug 30, 2007 04:57 PM

Warren pears @ Frog Hollow Ferry Building

Wandering through the Ferry Building today and decided to stop in at Frog Hollow. Tried some of the samples they had out....OMG. The pears were amazing .... sweet, juicy and lush. The peaches were also great but it's more unusual to have a great pear. These Warren Pears remind me of French Butter Pears .... they are at their peak right now. Pick ones that are ripe (golden color and a bit soft) and get a few extra napkins.... :~ )

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  1. Oh yeah - maybe we will get some in our fruit box from Frog Hollow tomorrow. Those pears are the reason I do the CSA. they are sooo good and something I haven't found to many other places.

    1. I'm with you on the Warren pears. The board is litered with my ode to them. Fully ripe they have the most wonderful fragrance too.

      Last year El Cerrito Naturals on San Pablo was selling Frog Hollow's Warren pears.

      Thanks for the heads up.

      Ironically, this link about heirloom pears popped up ... well, I guess not so ironically ... Big Brother software I'm guessing.

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      1. re: rworange

        I didn't know a lot about Warren Pears .... found this on the web:
        Frog Hollow Farm's Al Courchesne is partial to his Warren pears, a relatively recent hybrid first discovered 20 years ago. According to Courchesne, Warren pears possess all the best qualities a pear can have, including great texture, no grit cells, and a smooth, thin skin. The intensely sweet, creamy Warren pears are ideal served simply with a glass of port and Gorgonzola cheese.

        1. re: rworange

          Re RWOrange's post below: Is EC Naturals the one a few doors down from Down Home Music on the west side of San Pablo?

          1. re: oakjoan

            Not sure, but maybe the map on the Place record can answer your question

            They might be available at the Berkely Natural Grocery, but I don't shop there that often, so I'd call. That one is across the street from Lalime's

            Still, if you can get to a farmers market where Frog Hollow sells, I'd go there for the best experience since you are getting fresh from the farm pears.

            1. re: oakjoan

              It opposite the point where Stockton meets San Pablo. It is on the west side of San Pablo.

          2. El Cerrito Naturals is selling the Warren Pears ... $3.99 lb ... they were $3.90 at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers Market at the Frog Hollow Stand.

            1. The Warrens are pretty good...The skin is a little too hard for me compared with the soft fruit but I imagine they'd be nice for baking. They're REALLY soft, prefect for eating right now, so you should definitely get some. But I'd also urge you to try the Hosui Asian pear, which is my new reason for getting out of bed in the morning. Overtones of vanilla, soft flesh. so creamy...mmmh