An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
Start the pear season on a high note with this hardy heirloom variety. Discovered in France by Nicolas Giffard in about 1825 and still considered a premium quality selection. Medium-large fruit with crisp, but tender, fine-grained flesh has a hint of vintage wine in it's sprightly flavour. It works well for both fresh eating and canning and is best if picked before fully ripe. Beurre Giffard is grown commercially in Quebec and even in Alaska. Precocious, productive, and blight resistant, it has also proven to be somewhat self-fertile.
SELF-FERTILE* | ZONE 3 | HARVEST: EARLY-MID AUG.