Autumnal Pear Flour Feast
Pear flour is one of those farm products from South Tyrol, which has nearly fallen into oblivion nowadays. In Verdings, this delicious tradition is still celebrated and many guests and locals participate in the tastings.
In the past, as sugar was still unaffordable for a simple farmer’s family, they used to dry mature pears in Verdings and environs. In winter, they let them freeze, in order to subsequently grind them into sweet flour. The pear flour was now ready for use as an alternative for sugar.
The numerous pear trees in Verdings and environs transformed the town into an important producer for sugar substitute of the poor, being thus often deridingly called “Town of pear flour”. Today, the locals are proud of this tradition and let it revive, for instance, with a homonymous circular route.
Pear Floor Feast in Verdings and Pardell
On September 23rd 2018 from 10 am, a historical and culinary theme day takes place along the pear flour path. The Pear Floor Feast is organised by the local companies and associations and promises enjoyment, fine entertainment and much interesting knowledge about the rural customs.
Along the circular route between Pardell and Verdings, the hosts and associations offer specialities with old and new recipes – from pear flour dumplings to pear flour pies and pear flour pizza - at 15 different stations. At 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, you have the possibility to participate in a guided excursion along the pear flour path (meeting point village square, duration 1.5 hour).
Moreover, Sorten Garten association offers old varieties of fruit species for tasting, there will be several talks about healthy nutrition, artists will display their works at a creative exhibition in Verdings and culinary delicacies of the traditional South Tyrolean cuisine can be discovered at “Hintner Bangart”.
Photos: © Leo Unterholzner