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Pyrus communis ‘Poir de Beurré’

Probably identical to the pears listed as ‘Golden Beurré’ and ‘Brown Beurré’, which see.

However, the Gardener’s Chronicle does describe a French pear called ‘Poir de Beurré’: Fruit; above middle size, roundish-oval in shape. Skin; brownish olive, sprinkled with russet. Flesh; whitish, very melting, juicy and sugary, with a perfumed, delicious flavour. The tree is a good bearer, suitable for the open ground. Its season is typically September and October. [Gard. Chron. 1860].



Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues as ‘Beurré’ [Pear no.11/1845] and probably the pear listed simply as ‘Beurré’ for the first time in the 1845 catalogue. There is no diary entry for this pear. In a copy of the 1857 catalogue ‘Rance ?’ is written alongside ‘Beurré’. See also ‘Beurré Rance’.




Published May 17, 2010 - 04:25 PM | Last updated Jul 22, 2011 - 03:15 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably France

Common Name

Dessert Pear, autumn

Name in the Camden Park Record




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