European Pear: Summercrisp
Summercrisp is popular for being cold-hardy and resistant to fire blight. Aptly named, as Summercrisp pears ripen relatively early in the summer, and are best eaten when crisp - they don't need to go through a post-harvest ripening to soften up, like some other pears do.
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Fruit: Ripe mid-August. Medium-sized with a mild sweet flavour. Harvest when green; best stored in refrigerator to delay yellowing, and eaten while crisp.
Uses: Like all pears, Summercrisp has many edible uses, is great for pollinators, and is beautiful and ornamental. Best for fresh eating, not canning.
Disease resistance: Strong resistance to fire blight, a deadly disease of pears and other pome fruits. Embed link in 'fire blight' to a page on diseases?
Parentage: Unknown, but believed to be a hybrid of Pyrus communis (the common European pear species) and Pyrus ussuriensis (an Asian pear species). Discovered in the 1930s as a chance seedling. Tested for disease resistance by the University of Minnesota and released in 1985.
Pollination: Requires cross-pollination with a different pear cultivar. Read my article on fruit tree pollination for more information. Known as a strong pollenizer for other European and Asian pears.