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Asian or 'Nashi' Pear: 'beautiful'


Just a celebration really! On our heavy clay soils ordinary pears do really badly and we can’t even keep the majority of trees alive.
A couple of years ago we decided to plant a ‘Nashi’ or Asian pear which has round apple-looking fruits. I’d only ever tasted one from a supermarket which was extremely disappointing as it was watery and tasteless, but I still thought I’d give growing one a go.
This year the small tree bore just ONE fruit. I read that you must allow them to ripen on the tree so I left it until it fell off of its own accord about two weeks ago.
We are currently on holiday travelling to Spain and I brought the Asian pear with me. I have just eaten it.
WHAT a fantastic taste! It was wonderfully juicy with a distinctly ‘pear’ taste, not quite as sweet but with far more subtle ‘exotic’ fruit flavours.
What encourages me is that the tree is growing very vigorously on our soil and so with luck I can look forward to an increasing number of these delightful fruit in future years.
If you have not grown one, or have wondered whether they are worth growing, go ahead. Buy one this winter and get it planted before next spring. I am sure you will not regret it!

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Thanks for the inspiration! I have heavy clay soil and a diseased rowan tree to take out, wonder if I could plant an Asian Pear in its place!

15 Oct, 2012


Sounds like a good idea Sarahm. I always think fruit trees are a fantastic investment as for a few pounds you plant something which will grow for years, decades maybe, and which will reward you with fruit in increasing amounts year after year. You can even take pieces of the wood and graft your own new trees as well if you feel so inclined.
Good luck if you do buy one.

16 Oct, 2012

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