The soft, butter texture of a ripe pear with its wonderful fragrance, flavor and sweetness, is unsurpassed in tree fruits. We offers European Pears that are great for fresh eating. These varieties are listed first and are in the order of first ripening. They have been grafted on semi-dwarf O.H.F. X 333 rootstock, unless otherwise noted. Plant two different varieties for cross pollination.
Next, we have listed Perry Pears, European varieties traditionally juiced to make an alcoholic drink comparable to hard cider.
Small yellow skinned fruit with red blush. Pleasant spicy flavor for fresh eating or canning. Golden Spice is a uniquely hardy Minnesota European Pear selection grafted onto hardy Pyrus ussuriensis rootstock. Fireblight resistant. Hardy to Zone 2.
Large juicy yellow/green fruits, ripening in fall. Comice European Pear has long been the standard of excellence with which to compare other varieties. Fire blight resistant. Zone 5-9. Best pollinators: Bosc, Orcas, Shipova.
Firm, brown winter pear with narrow neck. Highly aromatic, excellent flavor. A very old variety introduced from Belgium in 1807. Good fresh, dried, or cooked. Very good keeper - up to six months. Zone 5-9. Best pollinators for Bosc Europearn pear are Comice, Orcas, or Shipova.
An early ripening natural dwarf form of Shipova, a unique cross between European pear and Whitebeam (Sorbus aria). Produces clusters of highly fragrant and delicious 1" fruit in August or September. Fruits are much smaller than regular Shipova. Best pollinators are Bosc, Comice, Orcas. Somewhat self-fruitful. Zone 4-9