Genetic Diversity-Useful as a Wildlife Plant or Processed
Our Ecos pears were developed from a single tree in Michigan whose Pakistani origins crossed with neighboring Asian and European pears. Our Ecos pears now reside in our orchard of around 25 mature plants of this unique genetic mix. They can be used for rootstock for pears, wildlife food and even processed into jams, jellies, sauces and syrups. Some can even be eaten fresh when fully ripe. (Sometimes it takes a few frosts to mellow the astringency on some of them.)
Fruits vary from 1-3 inches in size. Fruit is tart and usually astringent but some plants are edible fresh when fully ripe or bletted on the tree meaning frost has hit it a few times. Judicious amounts of sugar can calm down the tartness and astringency leaving behind a strong yet delicious sauce or jam.
These trees are incredibly healthy and vigorous compared to their cultivated cousins. This pear can be used for attracting white tailed deer and birds. We harvest just the large fruited selections for our seeds. The deer eat these first which tend to drop earlier than the rest starting in September. Some fruits remain in good condition until November and December. Some of the seedlings will stay hung up in the trees throughout December and January where winter birds eat them as the fruits blet and become mush like just like medlars.
The small fruits are used like a crabapple for pear jelly. As one of customers said, "I hate pears, I hate pears,...(bites into our pear) I love this pear." There is no bland insipidity in these pears. Processed into jam, jelly or drink the flavors are similar to a quince mixed with a crabapple.
You can also grow them from seeds: *ECOS Pear seeds also available.
|Genus & Species
||Pyrus x communis x lecontei x pyrifolia
||Self fertile and will cross with other pears.
||Just about anything.
||Zone 3-9. Not fireblight prone in the south.
|Ease of Cultivation
||Crazy easy. Avoid wet locations.