Comptesse Clara Frijs Pear ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Summer. Germany, 19th century.
High-quality dessert pear, fairly common in the Canadian Maritimes but quite rare in the States. As with apples, many of the best pears are virtually unknown; this is one of them. Grower Mark Fulford says, “The flavor is what gets me.” It’s the “most like nectar” of any of the 40 varieties he’s grown.
Medium-sized warm-yellowy-green oblong-obovate-pyriform rather thick-skinned fruit sometimes with a very slight pink blush-more like a spot of rouge. Completely covered with hundreds of pin point gray dots. The buttery aromatic flesh is firm but not crisp with no grit cells. Juicy but not dripping. You can eat it in the car. You can eat it right down to nothing. Keeps for a month. Solid rugged hardy tree. Z4.
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