Recently on another thread Help me find a pear I'd like to grow - #41 by clarkinks an older series of Canadian Pears were brought up that are not widely grown or even known about. I requested a couple of these varities from ARS GRiN this year and will be growing them shortly. A large amount of time and resources were sunk into growing these pears and I wanted to start a separate post on them because of that. Some of these are a cross of Zuckerbirne x Clapp Favorite or Kurskaya x Flemish Beauty which potentially could be high quality pears. The attached descriptions should help to define which pears are the best of the series.
Thanks to @jocelyn for bringing up a couple of these varieties because I was unaware of them. At least one of these are virus infected so be aware of that if you request the scion wood from the usda and make sure your requesting the ones that are not infected if that’s your goal. I combed through the main catalog to find them http://www.ars-grin.gov/cor/catalogs/pyrcult.html.
This was another picture they listed “Image for: PI 318838 - Scanned black & white figure from F.S. Howlett. 1957. Ohio Ag. Exp. Station Research Bulletin 790.
Taken by: Howlett, F.S., on 1957.
Inventory sample: PI 318838 **
Comment: Photograph showing fruits of pear cultivars: Enie, Miney, Moe, Tyson, Philippe Chauveau, Early Seckel, Caywood, Menie”
If your trying to learn more about the Canadian varieties then you will also be interested to know in 1947 they sent some pear crosses out to be grown out such as
savignac ronde verte
http://www.hardyfruittrees.ca/catalog/pear-tree/savignac-ronde-verte-pear-tree-zone-4-flavourful-disease-resistant-pear. Researching these pears could lead to the discovery of many others. A pear called Savignac can be obtained here in the U.S. http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/pears.html. Moe was actually used in Canada as rootstock http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/nafex/2009-January/033955.html. The following seedlings are undergoing extensive test: 0-291 and 0-292, both from Winter Nelis x Bartlett; 0-301 (Menic x Winter Nelis); and 0361 (Miney x Phileson). Grosses involving the hardy variety Karl Sabioski, Bartlett and high-quality 0-291 were effected in 1950. " - https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/195616036671. These were pollination requirements “Author(s) : HUNTER, A. W. S.
Book : Progress Report. Horticultural Division, Experimental Farm Service, Canada, 1949-53 1955 pp.20-1 pp. ref.bibl. 3.
Abstract : The pollination requirements of the pear varieties Enie, Menie, Miney, Moe and Phileson have been studied. Enie, Menie and Phileson were each satisfactorily pollinated by any one of the other 4 varieties. Miney gave a satisfactory crop when pollinated by Enie, Moe and Phileson, while Moe was pollinated satisfactorily only by Menie and Phileson. Phileson, and to a lesser extent Enie, Menie and Miney were self-fertile, while Moe was self-sterile. All varieties were regularly capable of producing an appreciable quantity of mature fruits from emasculated but un-pollinated flowers; these fruits were seedless. Seedless fruits were also produced by self-pollinations, by Menie pollinated by Miney, and by Phileson pollinated by Enie, Menie and Miney.
Record Number : 19560302472” - https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/19560302472
There is vague mention of the pears in some old NAFEX threads http://www.ibiblio.org/london/NAFEX/message-archives/old/msg00010.html2 & Re: [nafex] Minie / Miney pears. Another mention of the series http://cjoliprsf.awardspace.biz/Documents/SavignacPears96.pdf & http://www.cjoliprsf.ca/Documents/PearArticle07.pdf