Gem is a new pear developed by Dr. Richard Bell is newly released by the USDA . It is highly fire blight resistant and is very productive at an early age, however what interests me the most is it can ripen on the tree and be eaten fresh off of the tree. (I have planted 2 Gem pears and awaiting harvesting some in a couple of years).
I have been told that Magness and Summercrisp can be eat fresh off of the tree. Is this true? Also, are there any other rare European pears that can be eaten fresh off of the tree?
That sounds nice. I almost never time it right. Im either too early or they are rotting from within. My best result seems to be just wait until color starts to change, then can them. That way they are still firm, and canning seems to bring out their flavor. Plus, I get to spread my eating over a year.
I wonder if Gem is patented. Some scion for existing trees would be nice. I already have six pear trees, Asian and European, so not looking to add a whole tree.
Well, just got 20 gems on ohf84 for sale at Cummins for 18.73 and a couple pixie crunches for my Sundance. Clark, I told my wife you said she’d love them, so Im off the hook…I see it ripens on tree. Any other results?
I suppose it may vary from region to region and even season to season, but Seckel, Bosc and Harrow Sweet all can be ripened on the tree here and reach highest quality. The point of harvesting these earlier is to improve storage for me.