The rock-star, cold-hardy apple from Minnesota.
Blake's Pride Pear on Quince Provence (Spring 2024)
A delicious pear on a highly fireblight resistant tree.
Blake's Pride grows on an upright, spreading tree of moderate vigor. It takes four to six years to bear, but it is productive once established. The most notable horticultural feature of this tree is its excellent disease resistance; Blake's Pride was developed by the USDA with a view to breeding a pear that resists fireblight, the scourge of many other Pyrus comminis varieties. It is also resistant to pear scab, but slightly susceptible to powdery mildew. Blake's Pride is self-infertile and will require a pollenizer.
Blake's is a golden-yellow pear with attractive russet speckling. The neck is shortish, and the juicy flesh has a smooth, buttery texture. In terms of flavor and aroma, Blake's is an excellent, sweet eating pear, more comparable to Comice than Bartlett. This pear blooms one to four days before Bartlett and ripens after Bartlett, up to three weeks later in some regions, and it can be stored for up to four months. Blake's is also a suitable pear for canning and baking.
Blake's Pride was named in honor of Roland C. Blake, who worked at the USDA Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, baking, storage, canning
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: off-white
Parentage: US 446 x US 505
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: Richard Bell, R. C. Blake, Tom Van der Zwet
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (55% of Standard)
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