An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be somewhat shorter, slightly crooked, or a bit scratched, or for some other reason is not a perfect front lawn specimen. These trees will work just as well in an orchard as a first or number one would, since they still produce the very same fruit.
Vekovaya means 'century' in Russian, or more precisely 'a lady who is 100 years old or older', as it is the feminine form of the word. This grand old lady is reaping respect in some of the colder corners of this country. Vekovaya has an imposing presence. It is both massive and magnificent, with a rosy blush on it's smooth golden skin. Firm, crunchy flesh is very juicy with a complex flavour that is quite sweet, slightly floral, yet feisty enough to be memorable. If you are not of Russian descent, you may want to peel it for fresh eating, as the skin is rather astringent. Like most European pears it should be picked slightly green and will then keep for up to 3 months. The tree itself is reliable, productive and highly resistant to fireblight.
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