Pears are one of the most versatile fruits around, whether you use them fresh, baked, poached, grilled, barbequed, sautéed, sliced into a salad, juiced or dried, they are delicious and easy. Used and cultivated for thousands of years, they have one unique characteristic: unlike most fruit, pears improve in both texture and flavour after they are picked. If left to ripen on the tree the texture can become gritty. High in fibre, a good source of vitamin C, a good Low GI food.
Pear – Buerre Bosc
Brown skin, yellow-white flesh, juicy, sweet, gritty texture. Use for fresh fruit, drying, preserving and cooking. One of the best all rounders for cooking, perfect baked in tarts, poached in honey or red wine or pan fried. Stores well.
Matures: Late February to March.
Pollinators: Nijisseiki, Williams, Winter Nelis & Sensation.
Pear – Corella
Small greenish yellow fruit with a red blush. Good flavour, greaqt eaten fresh and can be eaten while firm. Keeps Well
Matures: Late Season, March to April
Pollinators: Can set fruit without fertilization. Red Face, San Giovanni, Ya Li, Tsu Li.
Pear – Dwarf Trixzie Pipsqueak
This is a great option for smaller gardens and can also be grown in pots. 1.5 x 1.5m Pipsqueak produces regular sized fruit on a compact or midget sized tree. The fruit is of great quality and has a green skin and juicy flesh.
Pollinators: Self fertile.
Pear – Josephine ( J. De Malines)
A moderate cropping variety from Belgium, with excellent keeping qualities. Used for fresh fruit, drying, cooking, preserving and juice. Summer pruning may be required to limit vigorous upright growth. More fruit is produced on horizontal growth. A small to medium, conical shaped fruit with greenish-yellow, partly russeted fruit, with an outstanding aroma and sweet, soft, juicy flesh. Mid to late season maturity.
Cross pollinates with Williams, Packham’s Triumph, Winter Nelis and Winter Cole.
Pear – Packham’s Triumph
An excellent dessert pear of medium to large size, that can be very productive and hangs well on the tree. Bred in Australia in the early 1900′s. Refrigeration is necessary for about 14 to 21 days for the fruit to ripen satisfactorily. A medium-large, green pear, that ripens to lemon-yellow and becomes juicy and smooth. A firm, white fleshed pear, with rich, very good flavour. Excellent storage qualities. Matures mid-season, late February to early March.Good for fresh eating, juicing, drying and preserving. Summer pruning may be required to limit vigorous upright growth. More fruit is produced on horizontal growth.
Cross pollinates with Winter Cole, Winter Nelis and Josephine. Adequate cross-pollination is important.
This variety has small sweet Pears on a large sized tree. A new release variety introduced by Flemings. Small sized Pears with crisp sweet white flesh.
Pollinators: Not known. Possibly Corella
Pear – Sensation
A distinctive bright crimson and gold skin. Creamy white, smooth texture, tender and moderately juicy flesh. Some branches may revert back to green skin. Use for fresh fruit, juice, drying, preserving and stewing.
Matures: Early to mid February.
Pollinators: Self fertile. Also Buerre Bosc, Winter Nellis, Nijisseiki & Chojuro.
Pear – Williams/ Bartlett
Clear yellow skin. White, firm, fine-grained juicy, sweet and tender flesh. Use for Fresh fruit, drying and preserving, stewing and juice.
Matures: Late January to mid February.
Pollinators: Buerre Bosc, Nijisseiki, Winter Nelis. Partially self-fertile.
Pear – William Bon Chretien
Pale green to yellow skin. White, juicy, sweet, firm and fine grained flesh. Use for fresh fruit, juice,drying, preserving and stewing.
Matures: Late January to mid February
Pollinators: Buerre Bosc, Winter Nellis, Nijisseiki & Chojuro.
Pear – Ya Li
Oblong, large medium sweet and acid flavours, juicy, white flesh, green and yellow skin
Matures: Late season, March – April
Pollinators: Tsu Li, Corella (Chojuro if pollen stored)
Pear 2 Way Multi-Graft: Packam’s Triumph / Josephine
Packam’s Triumph: Large fruit, delicious flavour.
Josephine: Juicy, delicate flavour. Use for fresh fruit, juice, drying and preserving.
Matures: Late February to April.
Pollinators: Self pollinating
Pear 2 Way Multi-Graft: Williams (partially self fertile), and Packham’s Triumph.
Two popular varieties on the one tree. Excellent choice for those with limited space. Williams – White finely grained flesh, sweet and with good flavour.
Packham’s Triumph – White flesh and green skin. The flesh is firm and finely textured with excellent flavour and lots of juice.
Pear – 3 Way Multi-Graft, European: Beurre Bosc, Williams (WBC) and Packham’s Triumph
Cross pollinating combination.
The three most popular pears on the same tree. Great for those with small gardens.
Summer pruning may be required to limit vigorous upright growth. More fruit is produced on horizontal growth.