McManus Family Fruit

 
   ORGANIC PEARS YOU PROBABLY WON'T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE 

Along with the favored old standards, we offer exceptional, uncommon varieties. Because we don't harvest thousands of bushels, we are able to pick our pears at just the right time to ripen well for you at home.  To put the finishing touch on your pears, check out "Ripening Tips."

 

COMMON PEARS 

 D'ANJOU 
The D'Anjou is one of the finest winter pears available. Grown by nearly all pear growers in Washington, it's considered the bread and butter pear of farmers in our valley.  The tree is beautiful and majestic, the fruit noble.  As with many winter pears, it requires several weeks storage at cold temperatures to ripen properly, and we offer it only in the early winter season.  While the variety is of French origin, its discoverer is unknown. It was introduced to the United States in the mid 19th century.  The fruit is large and egg shaped, sweet and juicy with a hint of spice. Close attention must be paid when ripening these wonderful pears. Please read ripening instructions above.


 

COMMON PEARS 

BARTLETT 
Bartlett is the standard for early fall pears. It is arguably America's favorite pear, and with good reason. Rich flavored, buttery and sweet with a hint of tartness, it ripens easily, breaking color to yellow as it matures.  Discovered in the 18th century by a nurseryman in Middlesex, England, it was and still is known as William's Bon Chretien in Europe. Brought to the U.S. in about 1800, its name was lost, and some years later it was "rediscovered" by Enoch Bartlett of Massachusetts. The rest is history.   

 


COMMON PEARS 

 BOSC 
These are deeply bronzed pears with a long, graceful neck. They are sweet and smooth, with a slight spiciness behind the initial flavor.  Lovely eaten crisp or ripe, Bosc is one of our favorite winter pears, nearly flawless in every way. Discovered by the great Belgian pear breeder Monsieur van Mons, in 1807 this pear is named for the renowned French naturalist Monsieur Bosc.  It is great with a sharp cheddar, and is our favorite as a baked pear.   


COMMON PEARS

STARKRIMSON
Our earliest maturing pear, this variety was once called Red Clapp's Favorite, but was renamed for obvious reasons.  One of a handful of pears discovered in North America, Starkrimson has found favor among pear lovers. To call this pear red does not do it justice.  It is nearly purple, with snow-white flesh. Its flavor is comparable to Bartlett but with a slight spiciness. Starkrimson ripens ten days before Bartlett, making it one of the first good pears available.  

 

UNCOMMON PEARS 

SECKEL 
Perfection comes in a small package.  These tiny (egg sized) pears have the finest flavor of any pear we grow.  The Seckel is sweet, highly perfumed, and without peer.  This North American pear was discovered in Pennsylvania as a chance seedling in the late 18th century.  It became known as the 'sugar pear', and because of its small size, is becoming hard to find in grocery stores.  But there were few farmsteads that did not have a Seckel tree for pickling, and ours was no exception.  Our Seckels were propagated from a tree in Scott's grandmother's 'kitchen garden'.    

       

UNCOMMON PEARS 

BUERRE HARDY 
A pear connoisseur's pear.  Discovered in 1820 by Monsieur Bonnet in France, it was named after the director of arboriculture at the Luxembourg Gardens.  This pear is large and conical with a light bronze cast.  The flesh is very sweet and fine textured with no tartness.  It ripens readily in the kitchen; at its best the flavor is faintly reminiscent of roses. In the last century Buerre Hardy was occasionally imported from France, becoming known as the French Butter Pear. Highly regarded in Europe, it is a wonder!   

 

UNCOMMON PEARS 

 HOSUI (ASIAN PEAR)
Hosui, in Japanese, means 'much water'.  These pears are aptly named, being the juiciest fruit we grow -- you nearly need a bib when eating them.  With a deeply perfumed flavor, Asian Pears are very sweet and crunchy.  We grow what we feel are the best flavored Asian Pears (Nashi): golden bronze with lovely white lenticels.  Our trees have huge velvety leaves and are a vivid addition to the orchard. Hosui is a recently developed pear, released from the National Horticulture Research Station in Tsukuba, Japan in 1971. The Hosui should be in every student's lunch box!


UNCOMMON   PEARS 

 WHITE DOYENNE
With a rich aromatic flavor, this pear has the oldest lineage in our collection, probably dating to the Roman Empire.  It is lemon colored, with a white background, and is good eaten both crisp or ripened to a creamy texture. Because of its great age, we feel this pear has all the best attributes of pear flavor, as it was saved and propagated throughout the known world. It has fallen out of favor in the last century because of its appearance and size, but for pear lovers who judge by the palate rather than the eye, the White Doyenne is not to be missed.