Many pears are large and still extremely delicious but a few come to mind that stand out as being among the best of the best pears. Scott helped me to identify the DUCHESSE D’ANGOULEME pear I found growing on a farm in my area last year around this time. Here are a few pictures of the now hard to find pear
The pear is typically very delicious. The example in this photo weighed 1.5 pds and the owner of tree mentioned the pears frequently break branches and can weigh over 2 pounds each. I top grafted 3 full grown trees to this variety and expect fruit in the next year or two. The owner did not know what fireblight was and has never had it. The next large and reportedly disease resistant pear I know of but have not grown is turnbull giant. If you have scion wood please send me some in the spring. You can read the stories here http://www.freepatentsonline.com/PP04616.pdf , https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19811026&id=-_QpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=32QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3435,5625066&hl=en, http://newsok.com/depew-couple-receives-patent-for-discovery-of-pear-tree/article/1965361, https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19840413&id=yQwhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S3MFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2373,2971349&hl=en. In comparison with two pound pears my Drippen Honey pears seem pretty small which on some years are around a pound each
What are your favorite pears for flavor, size or both? Or some other quality?