Jilin is a bit unusual. It came from seeds brought back from a market in China. Of the seedlings grown, they displayed a variety of characteristics, including evidence of wild pear heritage.
I grafted it from ARS in 2015 onto 3 different trees (OHx333 multi-graft with Mishirazu, onto a Yoinashi, and a 20th Century). Two of the 3 had fruit this year. I didn’t record the brix, but I think it was in the 13-14 range, on both trees. Interestingly, the other pears on the Yoinashi were much lower brix- in the 10 brix area and barely worth eating (more thinning needed? maybe Jilin self-thinned a bit). Jilin was also very large and crisp, with a slightly unusual shape (a mix between round and pear shaped, with extra “feet” at the bottom, almost like a Red Delicious).
My wife likes Ya Li pears, which I found a bit bland, with bad tasting skin. But, Jilin appears to be one that takes what she likes in a pear and mixes it with what I like, as she complimented it and said it was like a Ya Li (not a compliment in my books). I bet it would keep well, but I lost patience and ate the last one I was saving after about a month (it was just as good as when picked). I liked Mishirazu (~13 brix) as well, but it was way lower in my wife’s book. It had at least similar sweetness, but lost texture much more quickly, while Jilin was like a big crisp juicy rock.
I’m not reading too much into it, as the brix wasn’t off the charts and it was merely very good, not amazing. I think I remember Pallas having a bit of green tint to it. And maybe some of the Carmens did as well. But even so, I don’t think it bothered me.
I should have mentioned Shu Mi Tao, as the 1 fruit I got from it was very good. 16 brix and plenty of acid, even though I picked it a bit early. But talk about small sample size…
I need to do a better job protecting and tracking my fruit. I may have had an Old Mixon Free as well, but can’t remember. I know there was fruit set- I just don’t remember if it made it to being picked.