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Hessle

UK variety.
Synonyms: a number of variations in spelling including ‘Hessel’ and ‘Hazel’.
Origins are uncertain; probably arose at Hessle near Hull, East Yorkshire. First recorded in 1827 but probably much older. A very hardy pear, widely grown in the North of England and Scotland in the past, with many old trees still in existence.
Reliable and worth growing as a garden cultivar in cooler areas but there are much better pears at this season for growing in more favourable areas

Coloured green/yellow , some fruits are heavily russetted, but others can be fairly clean-particularly in the South of England. Many have russet patches around the stem.
Shaped round-conical and size is small
The skin is smooth; some fruits slightly rough and the flesh is white and juicy, fairly sweet but gritty around the core. Little flavour

Pick early September, season September/October

 

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Image from Pears by Jim Arbury & Sally Pinhey.

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