Friday, 4 September 2009

Crop: Glou Morceau

This is a nice variety. Only a young tree planted about 3 years ago but precocious, regular crops with no pest damage or other problems which hang well on the tree until late in the season. The only downside is that it never really ripens to desert perfection but is very  nice cooked.

Bunyard's description: GLOU MORCEAU. Her. Pom., II., 55. F. Beurré d'Hardenpont. G. Hardenponts Winter Butterbirne. (Beurré d'Hardenpont, Beurré d'Arenberg.) Dessert, December to January, fairly large, oval pyriform, often snout-like at eye, uneven. Skin, smooth. Colour, pea green till it approaches ripeness, when it changes slowly to a pale greenish yellow. Flesh, very smooth, very melting, nearly white, flavour first rate. Eye, wide open in a wide basin, which is a little uneven. Stem, long, fairly stout, woody, generally inserted at an angle. Growth, moderate, rather spreading; fertility good. Leaf, flat and undulating, down curved, finely and regularly crenate, turns dark brown. Origin, raised by the Abbe Hardenpont in the eighteenth century. It is known as Beurré d'Hardenpont, or Beurre d'Aren- berg in France ; our Beurré d'Arenberg being the Orphelin d'Enghien of Belgium. It is regrettable that the memory of the pioneer of Pear raising, l'Abbé Hardenpont, is not commemorated in this fruit. One of the finest of winter pears, ripening successively and lasting in good condition for some time. On a South or West wall it crops regularly and ripens its fruits splendidly. In France it is said to benefit by a shade over the tree to protect it from spring frosts.

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