Great choice of Pear trees carefully selected by our horticultural experts and ideal for eating fresh or adding to homemade pies and crumbles. Pear trees are not self-fertile so they require a pollination partner. However, we stock family pear trees which have two or three different varieties grafted onto one tree, making them self-fertile and a great option when you only have room for one tree!
As pears ripen from the inside, you cannot tell from the skin if they are ready to eat or not. Instead, use the ‘check the neck’ technique. Gently squeeze the neck of the pear and if it yields it is ready to eat. If not, leave a little longer and check again in a day or so. Pears ripen at room temperature but will ripen even faster when places next to bananas in a fruit bowl.
Pear fruits can be traced back to pre-historic times with pears cropping up in historical documents, including Roman recipes for spiced, stewed pear. The name pear is thought to date back to the Aramaic word pira meaning fruit. Many place names include the word perry which indicates that the area used to produce pear trees.