Summer. Chance seedling discovered by Nicolas Giffard, Foussieres, France, 1825. Introduced to the U.S. about 1850. Also called Beurre Giffard.
Very high-quality dessert pear is one of the first to ripen in our orchard, in midsummer just before Clapp Favorite. Soft melting slightly coarse flesh is very similar to Bartlett. Delicious. Medium-sized acute-pyriform fruit has tender greenish-yellow skin with a dotted red blush and conspicuous greenish or russet dots. Small core. Pick them a little green and ripen them inside, or pick them daily just as they ripen.
The tree is medium sized, vigorous, spreading and productive. Extremely hardy. Z3. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although some pears appear to be self-pollinating, we recommend a second variety for pollination. Bloom dates for all varieties are similar. Plant 15–20' apart.