Pyrus communis ‘Achan’

‘Fruit medium sized, obovate, flattened towards the eye. Skin varying from pale greenish-yellow, to dark greenish-green, and covered on one side with dull brownish-red. Eye open, set in a slightly depressed basin. Stalk about an inch long. Flesh tender, rich, melting, sugary, and highly perfumed. Ripe in November.’ [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.150/1860].



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Though an excellent Scotch dessert pear, this is perfectly worthless in the south of England.’ [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.150/1860].

‘This well-known Scotch dessert pear is probably of Norwegian origin. It is suitable only to a northern climate.’ [Pears of New York p.237].



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [Pear no.31/1850]. There is no diary entry for this pear. 




Published May 19, 2010 - 02:30 PM | Last updated Jul 22, 2011 - 02:04 PM

More details about Pyrus communis ‘Achan’
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Scotland, or possibly Norway

  • Black Achan
  • Black Bess
  • Red Achan
  • Winter Beurré


Common Name

Dessert Pear, autumn

Name in the Camden Park Record

Black Achan



Confidence level high