This is a PEAR, despite its appearance, and very large- click on the thumbnail for the
actual size picture. The texture is like cardboard, very hard and tough like a turnip, until cooked, when the
graininess disappears entirely; the flavour is excellent. The fruits on the tree (which I found in Oxfordshire, and which is at least 60 years old) are magnificent;
between a pound and a pound and a half in weight, and all look like giant apples.
It could be a lost variety, though I'm no pear expert. Ripe in mid-Dec; a few pears still on the tree in early
Jan. Jim Bastian (USA) suggests that it might be a giant Asian pear. Sarah Lovett (Washington, U.S.) agrees.
Update, Nov 2010: "I've found a line of similar trees in a street of Victorian and Edwardian houses"...... (Mike K, Kent).
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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