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Culinary/Perry pear

Pyrus communis L.

First described by Bonnefond in 1665. A truly historic pear having been grown in the gardens of Louis XIV at Versailles. Fruits have white,crisp,gritty, hard flesh with a musky flavour. A good stewing pear cooking to a deep red coloured flesh.

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in the National Collection® of Perry Pears (Broad Field)

Accession No.
1973 - 320

Accession name
Catillac (LA)
Flowering time  ›››
22nd April10% flowering
26th AprilFull (80%) flowering
7th May90% petal fall
medium-large 1
flat/round/conical/pyriform 1
Ground Colour
yellow 1
Over Colour
pink/brown 1
Over Colour Amount
low-medium 1
low (1-25%) 1
Flesh Colour
cream 1
249.00 g 1
Stalk Angle
oblique 1
Stalk Curve
very weak 1
Stalk Thickness
medium-thick 1
Stalk Length
medium-long 1
Eye Aperture
open 1
Stalk Length
medium-long mm 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.