[NAFEX] Asian Pear ultra low brix-tool disinfection

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Fri Sep 7 09:51:12 EDT 2007

Hi Doug,

I use spray Lysol disinfectant for all pruning.  The can says it kills
nearly 100% of bacteria, nothing to mix, convenient (you don't have to carry
a bucket), and it seems to be fairly easy on tools.  A can lasts a long


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Woodard" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2007 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Asian Pear ultra low brix

> During the growing season if a cut is made into infected wood, the
> fireblight will be transmitted on the pruning tool. Disinfection is a
> pain, and with bleach can be rough on the tool if done often. I
> understand that if the pruning is done in the dormant season, the
> infection is not transmitted, but I'm not sure I know all the ins and
> outs of this.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
> Spidra Webster wrote:
> > My neighbor has an Asian pear and has been giving me some of his
> > harvest.  I'm not wild about pears in general, but like European
> > pears better than Asian.  Most people like European pears far riper
> > and sweeter than I do.  I actually like them crisp.  But these Asian
> > pears are the lowest  sugar pears I've ever eaten.  It's more like
> > eating vegetables.  I don't know whether that's because he's
> > harvesting them too early (the tree has fireblight and I alerted him
> > to that so he's been pruning things) or what.
> >
> > I'm pretty broke right now due to having taken a month off for
> > surgery and recovery so I can't turn my nose up at free food. Does
> > anyone have any serving ideas for making these pears more
> > pleasurable?  Lemon and brown sugar?
> >
> > Spidra Webster
> >
> > Zone 9b Berkeley, CA
> >
> >
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