All Pear Trees
Ornamental Trees offer a great choice of Pear trees ideal for eating fresh or adding to your homemade pies and crumbles. Pears are not self-fertile so they do require a pollination partner. However, we also stock dual cordon pear trees and family pear trees. This means you are provided with two or three different varieties on one tree, making them self-fertile. This is a great option when you only have room for one tree in your garden!
Pear fruits can be traced back to pre-historic times with pears cropping up in historical documents, including Roman recipes for spiced, stewed pear.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.
Tips for eating pears:
- Pears ripen at room temperature but will ripen even faster when places next to bananas in a fruit bowl.
- 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.
Interesting facts about pear trees:
- China produces the most pears, producing nearly 16 million tonnes in 2011
- It is believed that pears have been cultivated in China for 3000 years
- Pear wood is the chosen material for high quality woodwind instruments and furniture
- I is used as fire wood and gives a good aroma when smoking meats
- It is used for making kitchen utensils, such as spoons, ladles and stirrers as it does not contaminate food with its smell, colour or flavour. It also does not warp and withstands multiple washes
- It is this ability not to warp that makes it the chosen material for architect’s rulers
Our range of Pear trees have been carefully selected by our horticultural experts to ensure our customers have the best choice of quality fruit trees. For our full range of Family Fruit trees, click here.