Ottenbacher Schellerbirne. The variety originates from Ottenbach which lies in the Canton of Zurich. Like many others, this once popular pear variety has lost its significance as a source of juice and schnaps due to changes in cultivation methods and market demand. Traditionally, there has been a greater demand for apple juice than for pear juice. Another factor is that cheap concentrate from China and Eastern Europe (especially Poland) leaves local product chanceless. The pear’s still a nice niche product though.

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