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.