[NAFEX] Chinese Fragrant Pear
rharrison922 at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 13 19:05:12 EST 2010
I have a very aromatic and flavorful Chinese pear from Southern Oregon back in the 1980's. Although aromatic, it lacks desert quality--even sweetness. Its name escapes me, but it sounds somewhat similar to your brief description. Any idea on when this pear/your pear came to the USA?
Richard Harrison, NW FL
--- On Sat, 11/13/10, Michele Stanton <6ducks at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Michele Stanton <6ducks at gmail.com>
Subject: [NAFEX] Chinese Fragrant Pear
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:27 AM
Hi all,I recently bought an imported Chinese Fragrant Pear. Does anyone grow this? I was unfamiliar with it, but a search came up with this in a 2006 NY Times article: “In a study published in 2001, however, scientists analyzed the variety’s molecular markers and determined that it is a complex hybrid of the two main European and Asian species, along with Pyrus armeniacifolia, a little-known Xinjiang species with small fruits and leaves similar to apricot foliage.” Melissa’s produce lists it; it is grown in the Xinjiang area of northwest China, which has a dry continental (cold winter) climate. Just curious! Michele in Ohio zone 6a
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