Asian pears do taste like a cross between an apple and a pear. Hosui are mildly sweet, lightly tart and crisp. Unlike European pears, the Asian pears ripen on the tree. Therefore, you should not pick them early and there is no need for storage in a brown bag before you eat them.
Parents: (Kikusui x Yakumo) x Yakumo, 1972
Picking season: mid September. Hosui Pear fruit hold well on the tree for many weeks after it is first ripe.
Storage: can be stored in a natural storage up to February
Fruit size: medium to large in size compared to other Asian pears
Fruit colour: The pear skin turns a lovely bronze-golden-rusted color when ripe and ready to pick
Growth habit: upright
Start to bear fruit: The tree produces fruit at an early age
Bearing regularity: regular
Self-fertility: not self fertile variety
Blossom Frost-Resistance: susceptible
Cold hardiness: very good
Suitable for organic or no-spray culture: yes
General disease-resistance: very good
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