Pyrus communisWinter. A wild seedling found in the woods of Villiers-en-Brenne, France, 1760.
Large pear with greenish-yellow skin, a faint brownish-red blush and some russeting. White flesh is sweet and melting with low acid. Best to let them ripen on the tree as long as possible. Flavor peaks in early winter after storage. If you don’t want to wait, serve in the fall poached with a scoop of sorbet or use in sauce or for drying. Slightly astringent at harvest and may blend well in perry. Excellent keeper.
Our tree has a lovely spreading habit with elegant swirling branches. Known as Le Curé in France, where it was once commonly found on homesteads and sold in markets as a culinary pear before traveling to England and then the US by the mid-1850s. Named for Reverend Rham of Winkfield who brought the variety to England. Z4. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
268 Vicar of Winkfield
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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. For 2024, European Pears and Perry Pears are on OHxF97 or a similar rootstock.