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Cooking pears

Culinary pears have a hard flesh which needs cooking to releases its flavours.

  • Beurre Superfin

    Beurre Superfin pear trees
    A traditional French 19th century pear, widely considered one of the best for flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
  • Black Worcester

    Black Worcester pear trees
    The oldest true English pear, 16th century or earlier. Ideal for stewed pears.
    £62.00buy
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
  • Catillac

    Catillac pear trees
    A very old French culinary pear, dating back to the reign of Louis XIV.
    £56.25buy
    • Picking season: Late
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
  • Gorham

    Gorham pear trees
    A reliable early 20th century American pear, with a sweet creamy flesh.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
  • Humbug

    Humbug is an unusual pear variety, the fruits have distinctive green and yellow stripes.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
  • Moonglow

    Moonglow pear trees
    A high quality early season dessert and culinary pear, very resistant to fireblight.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
  • Pitmaston Duchess

    Pitmaston Duchess pear trees
    Pitmaston Duchess is a traditional English dual-purpose, noted for the very large size of its pears.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
  • Thorn

    Thorn pear trees
    An ancient pear variety from Gloucestershire, now used mainly for perry production.
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3