Harrow Crisp Pear
Sep12

Harrow Crisp Pear

(Pyrus communis) This medium sized fruit is annually productive with an attractive, smooth yellow skin and red blush. Its white flesh has a crisp, mild flavour. A Bartlett Cross made in 1972 by Dr. H. A. Quamme at the Harrow and Vineland Stations, Harrow Crisp pears were introduced by Dr. David Hunter at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Greenhouse & Processing Crops Research Centre in Harrow in 2002. Ready early September,...

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Harrow Sweet Pear
Sep12

Harrow Sweet Pear

(Pyrus communis) A cross between  Bartlett and Purdue pear varieties, the Harrow Sweet pear was developed by the Agriculture Canada Research Station at Harrow, Ontario and lives up to its name.  The juicy flesh is sweet and the skin has a beautiful red blush. Maturing late season, this hardy, productive crop is extremely resistant to fire blight and produces medium-to-large sized fruit, similar to that of Bartletts.  Because the trees...

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Bosc Pear
Sep12

Bosc Pear

(Pyrus communis) While Bosc Pears are not a Canadian cultivar they are widely grown across Canada and have been extensively trialed. Developed in 1807 by Dr. John-Baptise Van Mons in Belgium, growing Bosc pears is not for the impatient. The trees are difficult to propagate and take a long time to start producing fruit. That being said, it’s well worth the wait. Once the trees become productive, they produce regular and abundant...

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The Canadian Gold Pear
Aug30

The Canadian Gold Pear

(Pyrus communis)  With consistent size and quality, the Canadian Gold pear is an ideal commercial variety – it also happens to be beautiful with its golden skin when ripe with just a splash of orange.  Its large tree grows vigorously and upright, and growers should be aware that it is slow to come into production. This cross was selected from a seedling progeny of a Beierschmidt cross made by Dr. A. D. Crowe at Agriculture and...

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Harovin Sundown Pear
Aug30

Harovin Sundown Pear

(Pyrus communis)  “We really believe in the pear. The taste is phenomenal, it has its own taste. It’s a Canadian pear, the first of its kind,” said Michael Ecker, president of Vineland Growers Cooperative. Vineland Growers Cooperative and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will work together to produce the Sundown Pear in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. This Bartlett cross was developed by by Dr. H.A....

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