Mexican life

The pear man

pears
Actual Hacienda pears. Ugly but tasty … and organic!

WHILE I HEARTILY dislike having a nasty peach tree in the yard, I don’t harbor any ill will toward the pears.

They are perfectly good pears in spite of the fact that I don’t eat them. My child bride, of course, gobbles them down as she does any fruit within her grasp.

And our pears are organic!

I miss a few things from above the Rio Bravo, food-related things. One is Harry & David. They sell great fruit, especially pears, and their pears are prettier than ours. The other thing I miss is the Collin Street Bakery, especially the fruitcake.

Costco in the capital city sometimes sells fruitcake, and I’ve yet to buy one. Perhaps I should. Most fruitcakes are crap. Perhaps you’ve heard there’s actually only one fruitcake in the world, and it gets passed from one gift recipient to another, eternally.

But the Collin Street fruitcake is excellent. It’s that second fruitcake, the one you can eat.

Most of the fruit trees in our yard were here when we purchased the property. There was also an English sheepdog-watchdog that the previous owner tried to give us, but we did not bite, so to speak. We remain dog-free.

I wish we were peach-free. The pears ain’t bad, however, and, as I said, they are organic!

 

29 thoughts on “The pear man

    1. Señor Cotton: Yes, little pear pies are regularly seen in the basket. They are quite good, but they taste more like apple than pear to me. In the pie, that is. If you just eat one off the tree, it’s pear, not apple.

      Go figger.

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  1. One of the many things that one adjusts to after living down here for awhile is ugly fruit unless it is imported which is great for some gringos. Little peaches, apricots and misshapen citrus. Driscoll growing fields are not too far away, but I buy the seconds. Everything tastes as good, just doesn’t look as good as Harry & David.

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    1. Peggy: I had to internet search for Driscoll growing fields. Had no clue. Came up with a California company named Driscoll’s that sells all manner of berries. Wikipedia says they have growing fields in Mexico, so…

      You get to buy at their place, it seems. Lucky you. Or so my wife would say. I’m not much of a fruit-eater.

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      1. There is a berries and other fruit store at Huiramba, Michoacán, not too far northeast of Pátzcuaro. A couple of months ago, I bought a few kilos of red raspberries. They were very good. But last time we stopped there, a Thursday afternoon, there were no berries.They did offer a promotional price on wonderful grape tomatoes, even better than those sold at Costco. I made 6 half pints of tomato conserve from half of them.

        Attention, Steve Cotton: they also had bags of black cherries, for $100 MX. But I didn’t buy any.

        Saludos,
        Don Cuevas

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      1. Yes, and mailed directly from Corsicana. Costco sells two iterations: a round one, which is acceptable but not exciting, and a small loaf, which would give Collin Street some competition. And in Morelia, there’s another iteration of fruit cake available only by special order at Hornos Ortiz. Over $50, but the cakes are very large, about 8 oz of almond paste going into each cake, lavishly doused with brandy, and bearing hidden treasures.

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        1. Ms. Shoes: You’ve convinced me to try the Costco version, the loaf, of course. Round one? Sounds like a pie.

          I’ve heard of Orno Los Ortíz, but I’ve never been to it. Hidden treasures are always good.

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    1. I beg to disagree. The one I tasted was reeking with cheap alcoholic spirits. (I was also very disappointed in the Kirkland eggnog. I think that they must have used leftover chemicals from the fruitcake.)

      But I’ll admit that I’m generally not a fruitcake fan. My sister-in-law bakes them and makes sure all her sisters receive some each year. Hers are not too bad, but I’d gladly give up my share to Sra. Cuevas.

      Saludos,
      Don Cuevas

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      1. Don Cuevas: Like you, I’m generally not a fruitcake fan, but I do like very much those from Collin Street Bakery.

        So you and Ms. Shoes are not of like mind regarding Costco fruitcake. Interesting.

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  2. I’m astounded that an ol’ Georgia boy doesn’t like “most fruitcakes.’ The only fruitcake I eat is made in Claxton, the “fruitcake capital of the world.” Buy one every Christmas.

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    1. Ray, Ray, Ray, most people, I think, do not like fruitcakes because most fruitcakes are dreadful. I don’t know anything about Claxton fruitcakes, but everyone who is anyone knows that the fruitcake capital of the world is the Collin Street Bakery. It knows no competition.

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        1. Ray: Keep in mind that I have not lived in Georgia since I was 7. I returned to visit grandparents often, but I never lived in Georgia again. I feel far more Texan than Georgian. But aside from that, can’t beat the Collin Street Bakery, and they’re Texan to boot.

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    2. Ray, PS: I just found Claxton fruitcakes online. I emailed them to ask if they ship to Mexico. More curious than anything because they cannot possibly be as good as the Collin Street Bakery, even if they are Georgia Crackers.

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  3. I am perfectly content with what is available in Mexico. I much prefer pecan pie to fruitcake which is often available at Sam’s Club.

    All fruitcake tastes better when soaked in expensive brandy and many fruits and berries make delicious homemade wine, jam, and jelly.

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    1. Andrés: If the recommended fruitcake at Costco turns out to be as good as mentioned above, I too will be perfectly content with what is available in Mexico. I generally am anyway, which is why I’m not fleeing back over the border at every opportunity as so many people do.

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  4. Señor Zapata: Just have to take note of how many more comments a fruitcake gets compared to a Muslim. Just can’t make this stuff up.

    And you are correct — Collins Street fruitcakes have no competitor. Only the truly informed know that. But then, we all have our priorities.

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    1. Ricardo: Conversing about fruitcakes, of course, does not make people’s hands shake, their faces turn white, etc., as does the faintest possibility that they will be labeled “unaccepting of diverse religions and cultures.” The whole multicultural hooey.

      And, yep, Collin Street Bakery wrote the book on fruitcakes. They cannot be surpassed.

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  5. I am a pie maker, apple, peach, strawberry and now today, blackberry. I am with the intelligent Mr. Don Cuevas, I will go for the expensive brandy. The man has class. Fruitcakes are for old fruity people.

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    1. Bob: I would never have pegged you as a pie maker. You never cease to amaze. As for don Cuevas, yes, he has class. I know him personally, and he rarely fails to exhibit class, especially in his choice of a wife, a woman with much patience, I suspect.

      As for” old fruity people,” don’t you know you cannot diss geriatric homosexuals in that horrid way? I am appalled!

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