BEETROOT REDFLESH PERRY
BLACKENEY RED PERRY PEAR Ferments to a medium sweet single variety perry . From the parish of Blackeney ; near the Forest of Dean , Gloucestershire. Scab resistant , ripens mid fall. Known since the 1600’s , yellow with red blush. Thorn and Hendre Huffcap are good pollinators.
THORN A early – mid season perry pear which can be eaten fresh but very astringent. Scab resistant , low tannin , medium acid. Thorn may take longer to flower and fruit than other perry pears. Known since 1600’s
HENDRE HUFFCAP Late season variety with some scab resistance that produces a light low tannin perry , high quality juice with a perfect balance of acid and tannin. Elliptical fruit on an upright growing tree from Gloucestershire.
ZONE 3 WINTER HARDY PEARS
ANTOINETTE Propagation material was sent to us from a landowner in northern New Brunswick just prior to the sale of the property and the demise of this century old specimen. The pears are roundish with a touch of pear shape ; crispy and crunchy with a rich unique flavour that ripen in early September ; brownish and russeted. The vigorous tree is upright and slightly spreading , having survived winters of -40C. Ripens mid August here at Siloam
ANGELICA Sister pear of Antoinette ; ripens slightly later in mid- late August. Greenish brown colouring on a roundish flattened fruit.
KRASNOBOKAYA / KRASULYA / VEKOVAYA We grafted our initial stock of these winter hardy Russian pears in 2016. All have survived -40C in good condition . A minimal supply may be available spring 2018. Descriptions coming soon
VEKOVAYA ripe 3 rd week in Sept. in zone 3. Large crisp pear, up to 250 grams. Keeps over a month. Green with a beautiful red blush. Hardy to at least zone 3A, well worth trial in zone 2. Like most Russian pears, winter hardiness increases significantly once they start to fruit. Protection of young trees in cold zones advised until fruiting starts"
KRASULYA Summer pear ripening in August ; small size round shape. As with most summer pear and apple it will not store for long .
NOVA Excellent late summer pear for northern climates , discovered by St. Lawrence Nurseries in New York. Large ; more round than pear shape ; juicy and melting with a thin skin. Very good canning variety with some disease resistance
HEIRLOOM PEARS Our pears are bud grafted onto the vigorous OHF 87 or dwarf OHF 333 rootstock which are winter hardy. Suggested spacing for OHF 87 is 14-16 feet apart ; dwarf OHF 333 can be planted 8-10 feet apart and is a suitable rootstock for espalier projects.
BEURRE d’HARDY From Boulogne France prior to 1900 , dedicated to Mr. M. Hardy , director of the gardens at Luxembourg. A late ripening variety , medium size , yellowish green with light brown russet. The flesh is buttery and juicy, white , fine grained , with a rich flavour and aromatic. Vigorous and productive.
CLAPPS FAVOURITE First raised by Thadeus Clapp of Dorchester Massacheusetts circa 1800. Large summer pear pale green to yellowish often with blush. The flesh is creamy white , fine textured tender and juicy. Tree is vigorous , more upright than spreading, productive ; winter hardy in Canada zone 4. Fruit is best harvested when slightly under ripe.
FLEMISH BEAUTY Discovered by Van Mons in East Flanders about 1810 , quickly established as a leading European pear. Among the first pears to be planted in Ontario , particularly in the north where Bartlett did not survive the winters. Large fruit with light yellow skin patched with a sunny side brownish yellow ; flesh is creamy white , buttery and juicy ; rich and sugary. Flemish Beauty has similarities to Bartlett , much hardier ; harvest early October at our site.
RITSON This pear originated in Oshawa Ontario. The text ‘ FRUITS OF ONTARIO 1906 ‘ relates that Mr. Wellington reported that “ It was my grandmother Mrs. John Ritson who planted the seeds from a pear that had been sent to her from Boston. The tree has always stood on my grandfathers homestead as long as I can remember. The original tree is now of immense size [ 1906 ] probably over thirty feet tall and about one hundred years old.” Anyone familiar with the area will recognize the names Ritson and Wellington from the roads named after them as early settlers of the area. Ritson is an excellent dessert pear also good for canning. A vigorous upright tree form with yellow skinned golden russeted medium sized fruit . The flesh is creamy white, fine , tender, juicy and buttery , sweet and perfumed. Harvest in October.