Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shinko Asian Pear

Shinko Asian Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) produces a medium sized, round, brownish-green to brownish-gold fruit with numerous white lenticels on the skin.

The leaves of Shinko resemble those of both apples and pears.

Shinko Asian Pears are rounded and the flesh is firm and crisp like an apple. The taste, distinctly its own, is more pear-like, being sweet and juicy with a hint of grit cells, similar to the European pears.
Shinko Asian Pears will keep until spring in cool storage. Shinko Asian Pears ripen in October depending upon location.

Shinko Asian Pear has some Fire blight resistance which is an important factor in choosing pear trees in New Mexico. Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, a destructive disease of pear trees is found in Valencia County, New Mexico.

Shinko Asian Pear is not self-fertile and requires pollination by another Asian or European Pear variety. Shinko Asian Pears are hardy to USDA Zone 5 and require regular water for fruit production.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information, availability, and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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