McLaughlin European Pear


McLaughlin European Pear

Fall. Probably Oxford County, ME, before 1800.

Excellent high-quality dessert pear keeps well into winter. Medium-large classic pear-shaped yellow russeted fruit, sometimes with a reddish blush. Sweet, rich, perfumed, extremely juicy and melting.

Introduced to us by Steve Barr whose family’s tree was planted about 120 years ago. “Don’t despair [when] this pear comes off the tree like a green rock in October. We shake them down after Columbus Day when the nights are getting cold. We bring them inside and place them in canvas bags, and start searching in a week or two. The taste is sweet with a hint of cinnamon, and the texture delightful, not mealy. A juicy pear you have to eat over a napkin or cut it up and eat out of a bowl…yields heavily year after year. This pear is easy to grow, we do nothing to it at all except pick them in October.”

Through our best effort to identify this pear, we tentatively believe it to be McLaughlin. As we continue to scrutinize the fruit, there’s a possibility it may turn out to be another Maine heirloom. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 2½-6' bare-root trees)

297 McLaughlin
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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.

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