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Pears

Variety Description Rootstock
Baronne de Mello Kirchensaller
Beetroot Pear ‘Alex’ ‘Ella’ and ‘Eric’ There are 3 cultivars of Beetroot pear at Wick Court, Arlingham, thus it is a collective term for some red-fleshed perry pears. The 3 cultivars were individually named by Jim Chapman founder of the National Perry Pear Collection at Hartpury. They are named after the Dowdeswell siblings who lived at Wick Court until their deaths culminating with Alex in 1985. Jasper Ely enquired of Long Ashton Research Station about the origin of these curious varieties in the 1950s and was told ‘they grew between Upton-on-Severn and Longney and that they had been spread down the river (Severn) by lightermen.’  Pyrus Communis
Beth Small sweet and juicy, smooth pale yellow skin when fully ripe, excellent garden variety, Kent 1938 Quince A, Kirchensaller
Beurre Hardy Light green pear covered with bronze russet. Tender, juicy with a rose water flavour. Good reliable cropper. 1820. Quince A, Pyrus Communis
 
 Brandy  Kirchensaller
Black Worcester A very old (16th century) cooking pear, that was probably used for perry too. It features on the Worcestershire coat of arms.  Kirchensaller
Blakeney Red The most common perry pear which could also be stewed and used to dye soldiers’ khaki uniforms. Very reliable, heavy cropper. Kirchensaller, Pyro Dwarf
 Brandy  Kirchensaller
Butt This old perry pear does not rot down easily so there is a saying ‘Gather your Butts one year, mill them the next, and drink the year after.’ Kirchensaller
Cannock Thought to be a Forest of Dean variety, for perry, cooking and fresh eating if stored. Pyrus Communis
 
Concorde Large yellow fruit with a pale yellow flesh, that is sweet and juicy. Very heavy cropper and a compact grower, ideal for pollinating Doyenne du Comice. Self-fertile. Pyrus Communis, Quince A
Conference Reliable cropper, excellent flavour, self-fertile, Hertfordshire 19th Century. Pyrus Communis, Quince A
Doyenne du Comice Medium/large yellow fruit often with a red flush, rich juicy flavour, grow with Concorde for reliable pollination, 19th century. Quince A
Early Giffin Kirchensaller
Gin Thought to have been raised in the Newent area, as most mature trees are to be found there. H.E.Durham who wrote books on perry pears in the early 20th century says that perry made from this variety has a juniper flavour, hence ‘gin’ Pyro Dwarf
Gorham Kirchensaller
Green Horse First documented in 1886 and to be found around Dymock and Oxenhall. This variety has many synonyms including: Horse Pear, White Horse, White Longland and Rye Court Green Horse. Pyro Dwarf
Hendre Huffcap A valued variety with excellent orchard and perry making qualities. Kirchensaller
 Holm Lacy  Kirchensaller
Humbug Kirchensaller
Judge Amphlett An early fruiting variety, that produces a very pleasant medium acid, low tannin, light perry. Named after a Worcestershire assize court judge. Documented in the early 1900’s but probably much older. Kirchensaller
 
Moorcroft A widespread variety from Moorcroft Farm, Colwall. Invariably known as `Malvern Hills’ east of the Severn. A fine vintage variety. Pyrus Communis
Onward Sweet rich and juicy reliable dessert variety, pale green/yellow skin with a slight pink flush. Quince A, Kirchensaller
 
 
Taynton Early Squash There are both Late and Early Taynton Squash, there is uncertainty to which is the true Taynton Squash Pyrus Communis
 
 
Williams Known world wide as “Bartlett” this variety provides regular crops of sweet and juicy fruit, Berkshire 18th Century. Quince A, Pyrus Communis
Winter Nelis A very late, good cropping variety, fruit ready November – January. Flowers late too, so is more likely to avoid frosts. Pyrus Communis
Yellow Huffcap A large tree, known from Westbury-on-Severn. A heavy cropper producing an excellent quality perry. Widely planted over several hundred years, hence some seven or more synonyms. This pear is noted for the strength and quality of its perry, however fruit should be shaken before it is ripe otherwise it may rot on the tree. Pyrus Communis

 

Quince A = Semi Vigorous

Pyro Dwarf = Somewhere between Q.A. and P.C.

Pyrus Communis + Kirchensaller = Very Vigorous

Prices:

Bush on Quince A    =  £16.00-£18.00 depending on size

Maidens on Pyrus Communis, Kirchensaller, Pyro Dwarf and Quince A =  £15.00

Straightlead  on Pyrus Communis,  Kirchensaller, Pyro Dwarf = £18.00-£20.00 depending on size