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The undisputed queen of South Tyrolean pears

The Palabirne pear is sweet, juicy and fresh – and even has various health-promoting properties.

Originally from Asia, the Palabirne pear spread across Europe more than 400 years ago. Due to its healing properties, it is also known in Germany as the “Sommer-Apothekerbirne” (“apothecary’s summer pear”). In the Churburg, a castle in the South Tyrolean community of Schluderns/Sluderno, it had already become a household name by the early 18th century, albeit under the rather cute name of “Pilli Palli”. Today, it is called “Palabirne” or “Turkish pear”.

The Palabirne pear tree stands out due to its majestic size and has a tall, gnarled trunk. It used to be widespread in the Vinschgau valley, but today it is mainly apples that are grown here. The tree can reach a height of up to 25 metres, which is probably one of the reasons why this fruit variety was forgotten about for so long. But, not to worry – by returning to old traditions, the Palabirne pear is once again being used as a tasty ingredient in recipes for breads, juices, compotes and fruit brandies.

Vinschger Palabirne pear days in Glurns/Glorenza

Get to know the Palabirne pear.

Glurns/Glorenza, the smallest town in South Tyrol, dedicates several whole days to this fascinating fruit, when you can buy them straight from the grower, try them as an ingredient in some creative dishes and learn more about them.

Time to linger?

Whether it’s the highest mountain in South Tyrol, the Stilfser Joch National Park or the famous Reschensee lake, the Vinschgau valley is well known for its natural features. At the same time, its varied culinary side is just waiting to be discovered.