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Green D'Anjou European Pear
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The Green D’Anjou European Pear doesn’t turn yellow when it’s ripe like the more familiar Bartlett. This can make it tricky to know when it’s ready to eat, but you’ll get the hang of it, and then you’ll probably come to prefer it to good old Bartlett. Green D’Anjou is an exquisitely juicy pear with a bright, lively, sweet-tart flavor that carries notes of citrus. It’s delightfully refreshing in salads, smoothies, juices, and cold soups, and, of course, you can eat it all by itself. You can also cook with it—glam up a grilled cheese sandwich with some slices, or bake a lovely tart for dessert. Sublime.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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No one is sure exactly where the Green D’Anjou Pear originated. Some say Belgium, but “Anjou” refers to a region in the Loire Valley, so it could have been France. It was imported to the U.S. in 1842. Today, Green D’Anjou makes up one third of the American Pear crop (Bartlett accounts for half of the harvest). It grows to perfection in Oregon and Washington, and these two states supply nearly all of the Anjous you find at the supermarket. This variety is certainly worth trying in home gardens in other parts of the country, however.
Pick Green D’Anjou Pears when they are large and plump, but still quite firm. Let them ripen several more days off the tree for maximum flavor. If you’re not ready to eat them after picking, store them in the fridge immediately. They’ll keep for months.
How to Grow
Plant your Green D’Anjou Pear Tree where it can bask in all-day sun and enjoy moderately rich, well-drained soil at its feet. Avoid low-lying areas, where late frosts can zap the early spring blossoms. You’ll need to have another variety of Pear nearby to pollinate the blooms and enable good fruit set. Irrigate using the Elements™ Watering System and feed your tree with Elements™ Fertilizer to ensure that it gets the right amount of moisture and nutrients when it needs them. Proper maintenance is critical in growing Pears, which are unfortunately susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases such as fire blight, which may strike in warm, wet spring weather. Please don’t hesitate to contact our expert growers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about growing this or any fruit tree. They will be happy to help!
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