Very tasty soft-fleshed dessert pear. Medium-sized attractive fruit resembles Vermont Beauty in shape (obovate acute-pyriform) and size. Light yellow skin, sprinkled with small brown dots and a flashy red blush. The earliest-ripening variety we know. Earlier than Summercrisp, ripening in mid-August in central Maine. As with the summer apples, it does not keep. Enjoy it while it’s here.
Introduced to us several years ago by one of Maine’s great pear growers, Howard Wulf. He calls it Early Pear or Fruhbirne in German. Howard believes that it may be the same as Wilder Early, a nineteenth-century Rochester, NY, introduction. Fully hardy in central Maine. Z4.
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