DOYENNÉ DU COMICE A French pear, grown from seed in the fruit garden of the Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire and first fruiting in 1849. It reached England in 1858 and soon became very popular for its delicious flavour and juicy texture. The medium/large golden yellow fruit is flushed red. It is best planted in a warm site if it is to fruit well. Fruit keeps until November/December. Crops are not always regular and it is not a good self pollinator. Pollination Group C.



DUCHESSE D'ANGOULÈME A delicious dessert pear, introduced in 1812 as Poire des Éparonnais, and renamed Duchesse d’Angoulème in 1822. Large fruit, with dull yellow skin covered in light brown freckles and juicy, sweet, melting flesh. Ripe in October and November. Pollination Group C.



DURONDEAU Raised by Msr Durondeau, near Tournay, in Belgium, in 1811. A popular dessert pear with a very sweet flavour. The longish medium/large fruit is golden yellow, russeted, and with a red flush. It has very juicy flesh and stores reasonably well, even to December. Ripe in October. It has good crops and is partially self-fertile, being parthenocarpic, but the fruit is often poor without an independent pollinator. It prefers moist soil to develop its full flavour. Pollination Group B.



ÉMILE D’HEYST Raised by Msr Esperen and named after Msr D’Heyst of Heyst-op-den-Berg. It first fruited in 1847. A dessert variety with oval shaped fruits, green, turning yellow when ripe. The flavour is sweet and juicy with a very rich lemon flavour. It is also very palatable when under ripe and crunchy. Ripe in mid-October, it will keep for a month or more. It is believed to be self sterile. Known to grow well in the north, including Scotland. Heavy cropper. Pollination Group B


EYEWOOD Named after Eyewood in Herefordshire, the residence of a friend of Thomas Andrew Knight who raised it and named it, at the end of the 18th century. A small bergamot shaped (round) pear and once called Eyewood Bergamot. The fruit is covered with pale brown russet, tinged darker brown. The flesh is very melting and juicy with a rich aromatic flavour. It is hardy and a good bearer. Ripe in October. Pollination Group C



FERTILITY IMPROVED 'Fertility' was bred by Thomas Rivers about 1875, from a seed of Beurré Goubault. It mutated into a tetraploid and was discovered by Seabrook's nurseries at Boreham, Essex, being named Fertility Improved in 1934. The small yellow fruit has much russeting. Rich flavour with soft, tender and very juicy flesh. It can be used for cooking before fully ripe. A good cropper and partly self fertile. Pick late September and store to the end of October. Pollination Group C.


FIVE GABLES PEAR Fruit and scions were brought to us by Susan Edmonds from an old tree in the garden of a five gabled house, at Eynesbury, near St Neots, hence the new name for this anonymous old pear. A very pleasant small pear, covered with russet and developing a red blush. The flesh is sweet, lemony and juicy, ripe at the end of September. It does not last more than a few weeks. Good cropper. Pollination Group D *


FONDANTE D’AUTOMNE Known before 1825. A green-yellow, rounded dessert fruit with russet skin and sweet, melting, aromatic flesh. The trees are small, with a neat habit and are hardy, fruiting reliably. It is reported not to pollinate Louise Bonne of Jersey or Williams Bon Chrétien. Ripe in September or early October. Heavy cropper. Pollination Group C.



FORELLE A very old pear, known since the 1670s and probably originally from Northern Germany. The name is the German word for a trout, as the prominent lenticel markings resemble the spots of a trout belly. The fruits have a shiny skin, which is light yellow flushed with bright scarlet, and juicy, melting, sweet flesh. Best in a warm spot. Pick October, eat from November to January. Pollination Group B.


FRANCHIPANNE Also called Frangipane, but we use the earlier name. It has been known in Britain since the early 18th century, but is probably a much older pear. Medium sized, with green skin ripening to yellow, and which is liberally covered with russet dots. Ripe in October, the flesh is white, tender and melting. Named after the almond paste, frangipan, (franchipanne in Europe), this pear has an unusual almond scent. Pollination Group D.


GANSEL’S BERGAMOT An old dessert pear that existed before 1724. Medium sized, but capable of becoming large in some conditions, roundish, slightly flattened and with dull brown skin, becoming yellow, sometimes blushed red. The flesh is sweet, melting and juicy with a pronounced musk flavour. Ripe in late autumn. Pollination Group C.