Pear 'Doyenne Du Comice'
Bred in 1849 at Comice Horticole in the Loire Valley in Central France, ‘Doyenne du Comice’ roughly translates as ‘Dean of the Show’ or ‘Best in Town’. A greenish-yellow skinned pear, the exquisite creamy flesh melts in your mouth with a flavour reminiscent of cinnamon. A late variety that grows well in both cool and warm climates. Pollinated by Packham's Triumph, Conference, ‘Beurre Bosc’ and ‘Williams’.
Pears grow in a wide variety of soils, but do best in a soil enriched with decomposed compost and well-rotted manure prior to planting. Their main requirements are full sun, cool winters (600 chilling hours) and regular irrigation. Flowering a month earlier than apples, protect from frost to improve fruiting. Always plant more than one type for cross-pollination.