Concorde is a modern English dessert pear variety, with an excellent sweet flavor and juicy flesh. It is has become a minor commercial variety in England and western Europe, and is popular with gardeners because it is partially self-fertile.
Concorde was developed at the East Malling Research Station in the UK, in the 1970s, and is a cross betweeen Conference and Doyenne du Comice. These two varieties are obvious partners as they have such complementary qualities. Comice is widely regarded as the best-flavored of all pears, but has a reputation for being difficult to grow. Conference has a good flavor too, but is best known for its ubiquitous grower-friendly characteristics. The result of this marriage, Concorde, looks very much like Conference, and like Conference it is easy to grow and productive - but its flesh and flavor inherit some of the lofty refinement of Comice.
The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.
Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.
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