Golden Spice Pear
Golden Spice Pear
Golden Spice Pear

Golden Spice Pear

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History: Golden Spice was developed by the University of Minnesota and introduced in 1949. It has Ussurian pear (Pyrus ussuriensis) heritage, a separate species from standard European pears (Pyrus communis).

Why We Grow It: Golden Spice is a Ussurian variety with excellent cold-hardiness. The fruit is small and yellow with a sweet, spicy flavour. It is resistant to fireblight.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3

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: Very hardy. Resistant to fireblight.

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: Early

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Mid September

Storage: Keeps a couple weeks when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, perry

Perry Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersharp
  • Sugar: High, SG 1.061
  • Acidity: Medium, TA 6.1 g/L
  • Tannins: Medium to High
  • Juice Yield: High
  • Taste: Very good, sharp and sweet
  • Recommendations: Good in blends (perry or cider) where it contributes sweetness and acidity

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100cm+
  • 1m+ Branched: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • <1m Whip: less than 100 cm

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