The Rainbow Pear

Forelle pears are one of the oldest European varieties, and are believed to have originated in the 1600s in northern Saxony, Germany. The name Forelle means “trout” in German, and was likely given to the pear because it has similar coloring as a Rainbow trout. German immigrants brought Forelle pears to the U.S. in the 1800s.

Forelle pears are a specialty variety and only available for a short time each year. You’ll want to enjoy this sweet pear fresh, or with gourmet cheese.


Exterior: Green in color or with red lenticels. The green turns to yellow as they ripen. Their red lenticels appear in bright contrast to their brilliant yellow skin when the fruit is ripe. Symmetrical bell-shaped body with a small, round base that tapers evenly to a short neck.

Interior: White to off-white flesh is slightly more dense and coarse than most other pears

Experience: Bite-sized pear with a smooth texture and distinct cinnamon spice flavor that is enhanced when matched with cheese or tart foods

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

Stemilt grows organic Forelle pears under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

When can I find Forelle ?

Look for this specialty variety from September through December.

Fun Facts

  • You’ll know a Forelle pear is ripe when the green part of the pear turns to yellow, and the red lenticels brighten.
  • Forelle pears are not recommended for baking or cooking because of their small size.
  • The unique color of Forelle pears makes them a great edible centerpiece during the holidays.