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Cooking pear trees

Cooking pears fall into two categories. The first are eating varieties which are used for cooking. These are usually used for cooking before the soften. The second are old fashioned cooking pears which remain hard however long they are kept and never soften sufficiently to be eaten fresh. Click here for a guide to choosing pear trees.
We have now stopped taking orders for the winter 2018/19 planting season. Our 2019/20 list is currently being prepared. It will be available from 1st May when we will start taking orders for delivery next autumn/winter.




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    An old French culinary pear considered as one of the best cooking pears.
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    An attactive looking pear with good sweet flavour and reliable cropping.
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    A good dual purpose variety but needing a warm location.




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    A pleasant late ripening dual purpose pear.
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    A high quality pear but one needing a warm sheltered location.
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    An ancient and historic pear with very dark skin. One of the best traditional cooking pears.
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    One of the oldest and best of the cooking pears.
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    An excellent early dual purpose pear.
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    A heavy cropping early dual purpose pear.
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    A good dual purpose pear with sweet musky flavour.
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    An old Northern English pear suitable for cooler regions.
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    A very hardy pear suitable for colder less sheltered locations where it is normally difficult to grow pears.




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    Best known as a culinary pear for compotes, pastries and drying.




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    An early dual purpose pear from America similar to Williams.
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    An excellent old English dual purpose pear with very large exhibition fruit.
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    A red sport of Williams Bon Chretien.




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    A red skinned sport of Williams Bon Chretien.
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    An old English pear with small, sweet, bright red flushed fruit
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    A dual purpose pear with excellent flavour but requiring a warm location
  • A stunning bright red juicy sweet summer pear. A red skinned sport of Clapp's Favourite.
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    A very old English cooking pear producing very large fruit.
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    A very old cooking pear which produces an attractive vigorous tree.
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    Probably the best known and most widely grown pear throughout the world.




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    An early season dual purpose pear.