[nafex] Re: Luscious Pears

edforest2010 edforest55 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 14 19:58:21 EST 2001


Doreen,
Most of the pears from that orchard have the same spots if I recall, 
its scab I believe, definately not produced by the genetic makeup of 
the pear itself.
Normally its a very good tasting pear, a little grit but hardly 
detectable in my experiences.
Frank Foltz was very meticulous about rating his fruits for cold 
hardiness and he rates it a zone 4. It might do zone 3 if topworked to 
a hardier pear.
As far as texture, amount of grit, and flavor, on all three counts it 
is just a little inferior to Seckel IMO. So, its a good pear and one 
of the best for that zone, with the added bonus of the FB resistance. 
Also, I believe it would have bigger fruits if thinned.
Clapps Favorite is one of the best tasting pears for this area, as 
good as a Comice I'd say, large, evenly textured, but of course 
susceptible to FB. 
Which pears are you growing at this time Doreen?
For disease resistance, and flavor, the Harrow Delight and Harrow 
Sweet are excellent, in flavor much better than Luscious. (IMO of 
course) And they are not susceptible to the foliage diseases that 
Luscious gets. In fact the foliage of Harrow Delight is just as clean 
as a Keiffer or Asian pear.
Kevin B


--- In nafex at y..., "Doreen Howard" <doreenh at t...> wrote:
> Thanks Claude and Joe for the info.  Pears were late here, and that 
is why
> these are in the store.  We've had a funny growing season.  Late 
freezes and
> a cold June delayed the flowering of many fruit trees.  Then we had 
early
> killing freezes in the last week of September, and then balmy, 
above-normal
> weather.  Everything matured later than normal.  When the pears 
ripen, I'll
> let you know if the flavor is worth growing.  The appearance is 
interesting
> enough to intrigue me.
> Doreen
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Claude Jolicoeur <cjoli at g...>
> To: nafex at y... <nafex at y...>
> Date: Friday, December 14, 2001 4:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [nafex] Luscious Pears
> 
> 
> >Doreen,
> >Luscious is from S. Dakota, introduced in the early 70', from a 
cross of SD
> >E31 x Ewart. Ewart is a P.Communis, but I don't know for SDE31. 
Luscious is
> >considered hardy to zone 3, and one of the best for cold zones. 
Small
> >fruit, pyriform shape, flavor type Bartlett but more intense.
> >I have a branch of Luscious in a Patten tree, but it hasn't 
produced any
> >fruit yet.
> >I am a bit surprized that you found some by mid December as it is
> >considered a late mid-season variety that ripens beginning of 
October that
> >doesn't keep more that a month.
> >Claude Jolicoeur
> >
> >A 15:12 01.12.14 -0600, vous avez écrit :
> >>I came across a pear today that I have never seen before or read 
about at
> >>Whole Foods Organic Market in Madison, WI.  It's a small pear and 
looks
> like
> >>a giraffe!  The skin is cream and heavily mottled with big tan 
splotches.
> >>The name listed for it is Luscious, and it is grown by a small 
organic
> >>orchard near the Mississippi River on the Wisconsin side.  The 
handwritten
> >>info on the pear stated that is a good variety for organic 
production and
> is
> >>excellent eating quality.  The flavor is supposed to be like 
butterscotch.
> >>I'll have to wait until the pears ripen to verify that claim.
> >>
> >>Does anyone have info on this pear?  The appearance of the fruit, 
in
> itself,
> >>is quite interesting.  I would have named it Giraffe, but no one 
asked me.
> >>Doreen Howard,
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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