Fall. Medium-sharp perry pear. Unknown origin, possibly a seedling of Thorn, from the village of Blakeney in the Forest of Dean, England, 19th century.
Sometimes called Painted Lady, Painted Pear, Circus Pear and Red Pear. Beautiful small-medium turbinate or obovate red-blushed fruit is about 2" wide. (Turbinate means shaped like a top with a roundish body and short neck.) Firm and juicy.
Traditionally used in cooking, jams and particularly in perry (pear cider). Classified as a medium-sharp perry pear, with medium acidity and medium tannins. Productive and best blended with other perry pears.
Once grown throughout much of the English West Midlands, still quite popular in the U.K. Currently being planted by perry makers across the U.S. as well. Z4.
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Although some pears appear to be self-pollinating, we recommend a second variety for pollination. Bloom dates for all varieties are similar. Plant 15–20' apart.