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Concorde® pear

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.

Concorde identification images

USDA identification images for Concorde

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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    Origins

    • Species: Pyrus communis
    • Parentage: Doyenne du Comice x Conference
    • Introduced: 1984
    • Developed by: HRI (East Malling Research)

    Using

    • Picking season: Late October
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)

    Growing

    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable

    Climate

    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Identification

    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green - light

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.



    References

    • Fruit Expert
      Author: Hessayon
    • The Book of Pears (2015)
      Author: Morgan
      212

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