Pears: choosing cultivars

Biting into a succulent, perfectly-ripe pear is one of the joys of autumn. There are dozens of cultivars to choose from, but listed below are some of the best flavoured and most reliable.

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Pyrus communis (pear) 'Doyenné du Comice'. Credit: RHS Herbarium.

Quick facts

  • Pears grow best in sunny, sheltered spots
  • Grow two compatible trees for reliable pollination
  • Choose from culinary and dessert cultivars

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