It's 'Papple'-Picking Season At Lookout Farm

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NATICK, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's nearly apple picking season in New England, but for Lookout Farm in Natick, 'papple' picking season is already here.

You may have seen them before at the supermarket; they look like small yellow apples, wrapped in soft netting to protect the west-coast Asian pears, also known as 'papples.' At Lookout Farm in Natick, you can pick the fruit right from the tree. The farm is the largest grower of Asian pears in all of New England.

Jay Mofenson is the co-owner of Lookout Hard Cider and son-in-law of Steve Belkin, who purchased the farm in 2005. He says the 'papple' "tastes like a pear but chews like an apple."

It isn't just the 'papple;' the farm has 14 different varieties of apples, along with peaches, plums and nectarines. Aside from the fruit, the farm now boasts a restaurant year-round, located in it's sprawling fields during the summer and inside a greenhouse during the colder months. Along with the restaurant, the farm makes it's own hard-cider with flavors ranging from an rosé infused cider to an American style IPA.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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