This hardy, dependable early season pear is named after Thaddeus Clapp of Dorchester, Massachusets, where it originated in the mid 1800s. The red variation was discovered in 1939 near South Haven, MI by Adrian Kalle. Besides being named after Kalle, it has also been marketed by Stark Brothers as 'StarKrimson'. In our area Clapps is indeed a favourite. The sweet, juicy, melting flesh is pleasantly mild with a smoother texture than Bartlett. These pears will not store long. Pick before totally ripe. Eat fresh for several weeks and can the rest.
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