Do winter pears ever make an appearance at your house during the holidays? A crinkly brown sack of full of Martin Sec pears always finds its way into our kitchen this time of year. A winter variety that has been common here in France since the 16th century, this type of pear is available through January. Small and matte golden yellow in color, they sometimes take on a pinkish hue on the shaded side of the fruit. These are always delicious cooked in syrup or wine. The intimate size and poetic form of this fruit is so perfect, however, you might also want to employ them as punctuation marks in a fruit or flower arrangement.