Funky, oddly-shaped, thirst-quenching fruit and beautiful flowers define the pomegranate. This plant, long used by humans, is native to region from Iran to northern India including areas of the Himalayas. It is an evergreen large shrub to small tree. The leaves are held opposite each other on mostly spiny stems and are lance-shaped to oblong. Brilliantly hued blooms are produced at the ends of the branches singly or in clusters throughout the summer. Many orange-red, crinkled petals are held close...
J. Postman, USDA/ARS
(Bosc Pear, Pear)
The 'Bosc' pear, discovered in Belgium two hundred years ago, is widely grown and prized for its firm, spicy flesh. This pear has a distinctive long-necked shape and brown skin, often russetted with flecks of deeper brown. It holds its quality up to three months in cold storage. It is eaten as a dessert pear, and it firmness makes it good for baking and poaching. The fruits reach full size in early fall. After harvest, store them in the refrigerator and bring them out to ripen at room temperature....
(Hybrid Pear, Keiffer Pear)
White spring flowers give rise to the large, sweet fruit of 'Kieffer.' This hybrid between common pear and Asian pear produces large, oval, greenish yellow pears in late summer and early fall on vigorous heavy-bearing trees. The red-blushed, grainy fruits are good raw and excellent for canning and baking.
Like all pears, 'Kieffer' grows and fruits best in full sun on average, well-drained soil. It is slow-growing but eventually makes a medium to large tree with heavy crops. Plants may overbear,...
The heavy bearing pear ‘Orient' is valued for its squat, rounded, golden yellow pears. The crisp, luscious fruit is sweet when ripe. This fall-bearing cultivar is a hybrid between the European pear (Pyrus communis) and Asian pear (Pyrus pyrifolia).
Pears are beloved deciduous fruit trees that originate from Europe and Asia. They are medium-sized, have upright, pyramidal habits and thrive in most temperate regions. In spring, they produce five-petaled, white flowers that are...
Keith Weller, USDA/ARS
The luscious, golden, often buttery-fleshed fruit of pears is a welcome late-season treat. These beloved deciduous fruit trees originate from Europe and Asia, and evidence shows their fruits were gathered and eaten in pre-history times. Broad cultivation of pears began in ancient Greece and Rome. Now there are over 1000 wonderful cultivated varieties available that differ in fruit color, size, flavor and texture. Like apples, peaches, cherries and plums, pears are in the king of the edible fruit...
(Ayers Pear, Pear)
A hybrid whose ancestry includes common pear and Asian pear, ‘Ayers’ is valued for its short-necked, medium-sized, yellow fruit with a red blush. Ripening in late summer, the luscious, smooth textured flesh is very sweet.
Pears are beloved deciduous fruit trees that originate from Europe and Asia. They are medium-sized, have upright, pyramidal habits and thrive in most temperate regions. In spring, they produce white five-petaled flowers that are fragrant and attract bees in droves. The trees...
(Baldwin Pear, Pear)
A low-chill variety that bears reliably in areas such as the southern United States, ‘Baldwin’ is valued for its many short-necked, medium-sized, greenish yellow fruits with a slight russet blush. The soft, luscious, fruit is sweet and juicy with little graininess. It ripens in late summer and early fall. Fragrant white flowers are borne in showy masses in spring. This cultivar sets more fruit if others are nearby for cross-pollination. It is likely a hybrid between common pear and Asian pear.
(Bartlett Pear, Pear)
The most widely cultivated and best known pear, 'Bartlett', produces large yellow, blushed pears in late summer that are prized for their juicy, sweet, melting flesh. In Europe is commonly called 'Williams' Bon Chrétien.’ The original tree was first discovered in 1770 by a Mr. Stair of Aldermaston, a rural village in Berkshire, South East England. It was later introduced by Mr. Richard Williams, nurseryman in Turnham Green, England. In 1799, a James Carter imported several trees to the Americas,...
(Calebasse Bosc Pear, Dessert Pear, Pear)
The heirloom pear ‘Beurre Bosc’ is valued for its large, elongated, conical, russet tan fruits. The tender, luscious fruit is buttery and very sweet when ripe. It is a fall bearing cultivar that has been in cultivation since the early nineteenth century. It was originally discovered in Linkebeek, near Brussels, Belgium.
Pears are beloved deciduous fruit trees that originate from Europe and Asia. They are medium-sized, have upright, pyramidal habits and thrive in most temperate regions. In spring,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Beurre d'Anjou Pear, Dessert Pear, Pear)
This late season pear is often just called ‘d'Anjou’ or the Anjou pear. It bears medium to large, squat fruit that is yellow blushed heavily with russet red. The flesh inside is luscious, buttery, a little tart and very sweet. 'Beurre d'Anjou' is an old, French variety that’s been in cultivation since the late 18th or early 19th century. The name literally translates to “Butter of Anjou,” referring to a county that once existed in western France. In Continental Europe it may also be called 'Nec Plus...