The Ecos pears were developed from a single tree found in Michigan. The tree's origins go back to its home country in Pakistan which was moved from seed to a home of a USDA scientist. When I grew out the seedlings it brought in a whole new flavor profile not found in either the common pear or the Asian pear. The fruits were rich in antioxidants. The bland pastiness of commercial pears was eliminated for the most part leaving a more tart pear with wide variations of flavor and size. Fruits vary from 1-3 inch in size. People liken it to Juicy Fruit gum flavor. It is delicious processed into sauce syrups and jams but sugar is needed on most of them. However some selections are very sweet and juicy. The newly named 2022 selections that will be listed under Ecos Pears represent a new flavor profile of pears distinctly different than what is currently offered as pears. COMING SOON.
Future cultivar development is easy with this seed strain as the seedlings follow this trend with robust flavor. Larger healthy leaves are produced which indicate the Asian pear background and this alone can be a selection guide for healthier fruit and trees. Tolerant to every soil type except wet, this hybrid pear produces a rich diversity of unique fruited plants. Some trees tend towards timber growth habit but most are strongly pyramidal and oval shaped with a strong central leader. I use only the large fruited types for the seeds.
A side note: It takes a massive amount of time and effort to winnow out a truck load of pears for seeds. However, I have some short cuts but nothing over the top. It can only be done with a Dybvig seed processor and a lot of screening, drying and sorting. Many pear seeds offered by the seed companies are cannery waste or are imported. Most do not want the hybridity viewing it as undesirable or not necessary. I wish I could give them a tour of my pears. The Ecos pears are hybrid pears of mixed origins. This hybridity is an asset and could be used to develop many types of timber trees. Currently the Ecos pears are used as a wildlife food. But other applications have huge potential including wood, fruit flavor extracts and aromas.
To germinate the seeds: Plant in the fall 1/4 inch deep in sandy soil. Use a light compost to cover the seeds 1/8 inch deep. Tamp the seeds into the soil to hold them in place. Seeds will emerge in early spring and are quite frost tolerant. Place seeds half inch apart in the row.
For indoor germination: Store in lightly damp Canadian peat moss for 90-120 days at 33-39 F in the fridge. Seeds will sprout in roughly 60 days and will continue to sprout slowly in the refrigerator. After 120 days, remove the remainder of the seeds and normally they will all continue to sprout in 1-2 weeks. When potting keep in mind the depth you are planting so the seed head is close to the surface of the soil and not overly buried. Watch for mold with the fridge method.
|Genus & Species
||Pyrus x communis x calleryana x pyrifolia
||-30F or more
||Sandy loam to pure sand. Very adaptable but not wet soil.
||Appear fully fire blight resistant in the south. Very rare do I get 'strikes' in my orchard. Hardy into zones 3 to 4 without winter damage.
|Ease of Cultivation
||Useful for cultivar breeding new flavor profiles with disease and insect resistance for pears as well as seedling use of the fruit for drinks, jam and jelly. Very easy to grow in a wide variety of climatic zones. Easy to from seed in 4-6 years once trees reach 2 inches in caliper.