Fondante d'Automne is an old-fashioned 19th century French pear variety which has been grown in England since Victorian times.
Its name describes it well - this is a late-season pear with a sugary sweet flavour.
For best results, as with most pears, pick the fruits before they are fully ripe on the tree and ripen in a fruit bowl.
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Unlike many pears of French origin, Fondante d'Automne fruits reliably in the English climate, and is not susceptible to the usual pear diseases.
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Fondante d'Automne is known to have existed in France in 1825 and is probably somewhat older. It is typical of a number of pear varieties from this era which are named "fondante" and are characterised by their particularly sweet rich flavours.