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The Chapin and Colette Pears
Home orchards are more popular than ever. Fruit trees are also a good choice for the home landscape. Here are profiles of some highly recommended
pear varieties for home gardeners.
The Chapin Pear
Bred by U.P. Hedrick, this was a seedling of Seckel. It was bred at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. The tree first started bearing in 1920 and was first introduced in the mid to late 1940’s.
It is a highly recommended variety that bears a good reliable crop every year. The trees are relatively to moderate strong growing. These are vase shaped.
The fruits start ripening in August and September. They ripen over a long period. These are usually twice the size of a Seckel, but overall they can vary from medium to small. These round to oval pears are similar in shape to
their parent, the Seckel.
The skin is mostly yellow-green, but can have quite a bit of red blushing and russeting. These fruits are quite aromatic, and very sweet. The texture is firm yet smooth, and melting. These pears are very juicy.
The Colette Pear
Called the everbearing pear, this is sold as a dwarf and standard. Recommended for zones four this eight, this was introduced in 1953. It is a wonderful choice for home orchards as well as fruit farms, and was introduced in Freeport, Illinois. A hardy spreading tree, this makes an excellent pollen source for other pear varieties that need cross-pollination. This has a long blooming season.
The fruits ripen over a long period of a couple months. They often are ready in early September in Indiana, and early August in some locations. The harvest usually continues until a hard freeze.
The fruits are large to medium in size. Very high quality, these have an excellent rich flavor. They feature yellow skins with a blush that is mostly pink. These are very sweet and juicy. They’re aromatic and fine grained with melting flesh. The flavor compares with Magness. This has a fine grained firm texture. Even when cooked, they maintain their firmness, aroma and flavor. They’re also recommended for canning as well. Colette is a great choice for eating fresh for it has a rich spicy flavor.
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