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Thorne Pear

Thorne Pear

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History: Thorne was discovered in Gloucestershire, England, in 1670. It was originally grown for cooking and fresh eating but is now primarily used to make perry. It is still commonly grown for perry production in England today. 

Why We Grow It: This is the most reliable of the English perry pears for Canadian growing. Although this pear can be eaten fresh, it packs an astringent punch and is best made into a good perry instead.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous with an upright and compact growth habit, produces heavy crops, spur bearing. Resistant to scab.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different pear variety (European or Asian) that blooms around the same time  

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Late September

Storage: Process within a week

Recommended Use: Perry, fresh eating

Perry Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersharp
  • Sugar: High, SG 1.061
  • Acidity: Very high, TA 10.3 g/L
  • Tannins: High
  • Juice Yield: Low to medium
  • Taste: Astringent and bitter
  • Recommendations: Traditionally made into a single-variety perry of good quality but Canadian growing conditions may impact that

    *Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook

    Size including roots:

    • 100-200 cm whip, 1 year grade
    • 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more, 2 year grade
    • 50-80 cm, B-grade
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