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Clapp Favorite pear

Last updated 12 May 2018.

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Current rating: 3.8 out of 5. Total votes cast: 4

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27 Aug 2018 
My parents had a tree and they were wonderful tasting pears, but as stated they needed to be picked early or they would rot from the inside. The tree was in Manchester, MI. I currently live in Nixa, MO. Thank you for your site, as I’ve been having difficulty remembering the name. Doris

22 Nov 2017 
This is a wonderful pear, but for just a few days each season. It is a large, good looking, yellow pear, with an orange blush when ripe. It will ripen very well on the tree, and unlike many pears, does not improve with storage. Flavor and mouth feel are a delight when it is properly ripe, but a perfect pear turns to a bad tasting mushy pear in just a few days. It is best with 2 pickings, and is good for home garden use. If sold at a stand, it should be to educated customers. People who know about it ask for it, because it can't be found in stores, and it can be a reason that folks come to your stand. I have not had a fireblight problem, but have heard that it can be a problem.

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An attractive and well-known 19th century American pear. It ripens early season, and does not keep.

Clapp Favorite phototape


  • Species: Pyrus communis
  • Originates from: Dorchester, MA, United States
  • Introduced: 1860
  • Developed by: Thaddeus Clapp
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2034
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1975-319


  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour style: Sweeter


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899


  • Scab  - Very susceptible
  • Fireblight  - Very susceptible

References and further reading about this variety

  • The Book of Pears (2015)
    Author: Morgan
  • The Fruit Manual
    Author: Hogg

Clapp Favorite identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Clapp Favorite identification photos from website visitors

Clapp's Favourite pear
Clapp's Favourite pear

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