Apples certainly have a lot of things going for them. As great as the apple is it can be very difficult to grow without using a large amount of sprays throughout the growing season. An alternative fruit to grow is the Pear. Pears have far less pest and disease pressures than apples do. They can routinely go from flower to fruit with very little to no spraying. This is a big deal as most people grow their own fruit trees to get away from all the chemicals that usually applied to commercial fruit.
Pear trees aren’t without their flaws. Some pear trees grown in warm and humid areas like the Northeast have become more susceptible to fire blight over the years. Most homeowners who plant a few fruit trees in their backyard won’t be too affected by this but it always helps to do your research. Pick a pear variety that will thrive in your local region. Be sure to pick one that is also fire blight resistant to ensure you will have healthy trees without too much work.
Pears like apples will grow in a large section of the country. Many pear types can be picked and stored for months just like the apple. Although pear sauce doesn’t have the ring to it like apple sauce does I have seen it and it is rather tasty. In the UK Perry (the pear equivalent of hard apple cider) is a popular adult beverage. Perry isn’t very popular here in the US but if you have tried it you will learn how delicious it truly is.
Consider planting a few pear trees instead of that apple this spring. You will be rewarded with bushels of sweet pears for years to come! If you are growing pear trees or are considering doing so we would love to hear from you. Email us or leave a message in the comments section.