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Hacon's Incomparable pear

Hacon's Incomparable is a traditional English pear, noted for its very sweet flavour and buttery flesh.

It was either raised or discovered by Mr James Hacon, who is variously said to have lived in Downham Market or the nearby town of Swaffham, in Norfolk, England.  The tree was believed to have been grown from a seed of another local variety, Rayner's Norfolk Seedling (sometimes known as Rayner's Downham Seedling).

Although highly-rated in the east of England in the 19th century, it did not achieve wider success.

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  • Species: Pyrus communis
  • Parentage: Seedling of Rayner's Norfolk Seedling
  • Originates from: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1792
  • Developed by: Mr James Hacon
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2565
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2001-057


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • General disease resistance: Good

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