Best Tasting and Easiest to Grow Pears

Ed Fackler shares his picks for the best tasting and easiest to grow pears. NAFEX member Ed Facler runs an organic pear orchard.

| August/September 2002

Ed Fackler tell readers about the best tasting and easiest to grow pears.

Visit this story's main page to learn more about the North American Fruit Explorers and growing America's best fruit.

"I desperately wanted to learn the real culture of fruit growing," says Ed Fackler, "because I had planted 2,000 trees over the previous couple of years and realized that I was dumber than a day old pig."

In 1977, on the advice of sustainable-farming writer and advocate Gene Logsdon, Ed joined NAFEX, and from 1996 to 1998, served as NAFEX president.

Today, Ed maintains his organic, commercial orchard, Rocky Meadow Orchard & Nursery, in New Salisbury, Indiana. After 10 years of growing various fruits, he found by observation and experience that pears are the easiest to grow and are less sensitive to fire blight than apples are.

Almost all pears sold in grocery stores today are heirlooms, with their origins in 15th-through 19th-century England, France and Germany. "Bartlett," "Cornice," "Bosc," "Seckel" and "Anjou" are still popular because they have terrific flavor and melting flesh. A buttery feel on the tongue and yielding tissue combine to create this sensation. These varieties also lack grit cells, those grainy bits that ruin the fruit's feel in the mouth.

10/23/2013 11:54:23 AM

I am in search of a less gritty eating pear to esparile (spelling) i would like to plant only 2 trees facing west in northern indiana. suggestions?

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