What's a Papple and a Piqa Boo

By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

You may well ask; the first sounds more obvious than it is. Despite looking like a small to medium sized apple, the fruit is actually a hybrid of European and Asian pears. A papple is round with a red-orange blush over a yellow background. The ivory coloured flesh is firm, crisp, moist, and dense, encasing a small central core with tiny black-brown seeds. When ripe, Papple pears are crunchy, juicy, and sweet with a floral aroma.

Papple pears were developed in New Zealand under the name PremP109. In Singapore they are known as the Sunshine pear which frankly, I think is much better than the name papple first coined by well-known retailer Marks & Spencer. While selling the unnamed variety, they decided the pear's name should be a play-on the pear's similarity in appearance and texture to an apple, but with the flavour of a pear. The nickname Papple appealed to their customers and the name has unfortunately stuck. Let's all call it the sunshine pear.

Oliver Thring in an article written for the Guardian describes his first taste test of the papple like this:

"Since you expect the taste and texture of apple, you bite rather harder than is necessary. The flesh is much less tart than an apple; its sweetness is almost overpowering. It's also far juicier, so you end up having to glamorously chomp and suck your way through it as though it were a particularly wet burrito. For all that, it is a tasty, refreshing fruit".
So that's about all you need to know about this ridiculously named hybrid fruit. Don't be put off that it's a hybrid. Many fruits that we enjoy today, are either natural or intentional hybrids. It all comes down to the taste and you'll have to try them for yourself to see if you like them.

Piqa Boo
Another new pear to emerge on the Australian marketplace, the Piqa Boo has an equally ridiculous name as the papple. Nonetheless it is a a stunning fruit.
Developed by Freshmax Group, the Piqa Boo pear combines characteristics from European, Japanese and Chinese pears, giving the fruit a distinctive crisp, juicy texture and refreshing flavour.

I haven't tried a PiqaBoo pear yet however Tramcar Trev left a comment on the PiqaBoo Facebook page which said:

"Tried some from the markets. Very sweet and juicy while having a crisp texture with subtle overtones of apple on the palate"

Thanks Tramcar. This pear appears to be so new there's not much more to find about it yet. I'd hazard a guess from the flaming red coloured skin that it's a good source of phytochemicals and probably like most other pears will offer fibre and some vitamin C as well.

All that's left to do is to do now is try them.


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