[nafex] Big 4 Commercial Pears

Richard J. Ossolinski osso at acadia.net
Thu Nov 16 19:33:30 EST 2000

Could it be that pear growers are simply smarter than apple growers?
(In Downeast Maine, where the Mutsus have finally ripened and only Black
Oxfords remain unpicked.)

Doreen Howard wrote:
> After researching heirloom pears for several weeks and interviewing 4
> growers of the same, I have a burning question that you experts may be able
> to answer.  Why are the big 4 commercial pear varieties--Bartlett, Bosc,
> Anjou and Comice-- a couple of centuries old?  One would think that hybrids
> with their improved disease resistance, etc. would have replaced these
> heirloom varieties.  Is it taste?  Is it lack of imagination?  Or what?
> Please venture forth with your opinions.
> Doreen Howard
> In Wisconsin, where it's snowing and snowing.

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