The rock-star, cold-hardy apple from Minnesota.
Harrow Delight Pear Scionwood (Spring 2024)
A high-quality, cold-hardy modern pear that is fireblight resistant. Also known as HW603.
This pear is bred for fireblight resistance. It also has great scab resistance, but it is susceptible to pear psylla and moderately susceptible to pseudomonas. Extremely cold hardy, Harrow Delight will do well as low as zone 4. The tree is consistently productive, and fruit will need to be thinned for optimal size. Harrow Delight has demonstrated pollen compatibility with Bosc, Bartlett, Anjou, and Harvest Queen.
Harvested about two weeks before Bartlett, this pear is greenish-yellow with a red blush. Fruit should be picked while still green, as it has a strong tendency to drop as it ripens. Shelf life is also greatly reduced if the fruit is allowed to mature on the tree. These pears have excellent flavor. From Daniel Koeneman in Texas: "The pears are small but with an intense, complex flavor and smooth texture."
Harrow Delight was developed by the disease-resistant breeding program that was begun by Dr. R.E.C. Layne in 1962 at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre at Ontario Canada. This work was continued by Dr. H.A. Quamme, and then Dr. F. Kappel. Other cultivars produced by the program include AC™ Harrow Crisp, AC™ Harrow Gold, and Harvest Queen.
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Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, baking, canning
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: cream
Parentage: Bartlett x Purdue 80-51 (Early Sweet x Old Home)
Origin: Harrow, Ontario, Canada
Introduced in: 1982
Introduced by: H. A. Quamme
Calendar & Geography
Diseases & Pests
Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Harrow Delight Pear. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.
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