And now for something completely different! Large and delicious the Asian pear tree Pyrus pyrifolia 'Niitaka' is also known as the Japanese or Nashi pear and bears an unusual, yellow apple-shaped fruit with similar taste and characteristics to pears, sweet white flesh and it keeps really well too as it remains quite hard even when fully ripe.
A relative newcomer over here, these juicy pears are very popular due to their sweetness and firm, crisp texture and thanks to the hybridization work by dedicated growers, Japanese pears can be successfully grown in UK gardens.
noted for their good production of large, firm, brown-russet fruit, they are without a doubt a pear variety that has a taste worthy of the name 'King of Pears'.
The variety 'Niitaka' will need to be pollinated by another pear - the commonly grown Conference and Concorde will do it well.
Supplied as an established plant in a 5L pot, plants will reach 3-4m tall in 10 years or so and makes a really unusual new addition to any fruit garden or orchard.
Fruit is at its best mid-season in October and can be picked directly from the tree to store. Plants are deciduous, so no leaves October - March.
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