[NAFEX] skin thickness in pears

Kieran &/or Donna holycow at frontiernet.net
Mon Oct 5 10:27:15 EDT 2009

Oh, a post I missed on a favorite subject.

I too note the difference in skin thickness in pears and consider it a very 
important quality.  The oriental pears all seem to have thick skin and are 
best peeled.  That quality seems to have gone into a lot of the hybrids, in 
fact I'd say you have to get down to the 1/4 oriental hybrids to get rid of 
it.  In this area, the thin skinned pears I have met that are doing well 
here are Beierschmidt, a Bartlett seedling that is really nice, Ayers, which 
is incredible, and Pineapple, which is hard to place.  Pineapple is round 
like an oriental, thin skinned and tart, with very little pear flavor.  I 
have met what I think is Turnbull with slightly tougher skin, and my first 
crop of Warrens had thickish skin but not grainy, with delectable flavor 
underneath.  Orient, by extreme contrast, has very tough rough skin, but 
when picked green and ripened, is melting and a bit gritty.  Lucky would 
hate it, despite the grit.     Donna 

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