Although worthless to commercial growers because of its unattractive appearance and easily bruised skin, Superfin has been consistently described in the old books as one of the most delicious dessert pears of all time. According to U.P. Hedrick of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in his 1922 classic Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits, its delicate and pleasantly perfumed flesh is “tinged with yellow, granular, melting, buttery, very juicy, sweet, rich, with brisk vinous flavor, aromatic.” The large fruit is more roundish than pear-shaped, with a short stubby neck. The tender smooth skin is dull yellow, streaked and netted with russet, sometimes with a russet brown cheek.
The large trees are healthy, productive and adapted to many soil types. Although only recently on trial in Maine, it appears hardy to Zone 4. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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