The flattened pear


La poire tapée

Culinary speciality of Touraine, the capital of which Rivarennes is, the flattened pear appeared in the 16th century and its production was very important during the 19th century. The industrialization, the import of foreign fruits and both world wars almost removed this speciality. At the end of the 20th century, its production starts again in Rivarennes, with 12 tons of home-made flattened pears a year. Obtained by long dehydration of the fruit in a wood stove (or electric) after a step of peeling, pears are flattened in the "flatten tool". The flattened pears can be tasted as dried fruits, rehydrated in some wine, or cooked ...