The French word Doyen / Doyenne means senior member of colleagues or a group. In the fruit world it means the ‘flavoured one’ and is applied to a number of Pears that have arisen in France & Belgium. Doyenne du Comice, arose in Angers, western France, in the Garden of Comice as an unnamed tree that showed promise in the 1840s. Following evaluation and maintaining trueness it was assessed for its commercial potential. In the 1850s the ‘Doyenne Pear of the Comice’ was propagated and was planted widely in Europe and in the US. As it became more well known it became widely planted all over the world including the southern hemisphere.
It is a fine pear of excellent flavour – the lovely perfumed pale cream flesh that has a distinct lemony taste withj hints of vanilla is juicy, sweet & melting. Thought by some to be the finest of pears. Medium to large fruits are pyriform in shape nearly as wide as tall. As they ripen the pears change from light green to yellow with a pink orange flush.
Doyenne du Comice appreciates a warm sunny position for the best flavour. It will not pollinate Onward and vice versa. Onward has Comice in its parentage and is also an excellent dessert pear. Apart from Onward a number of forms / sports have arisen from Comice including the more highly flushed ‘Red Comice’, ‘Sweet Sensation’ – more red flushed & Taylor’s Gold – which is completely russeted & grown much in New Zealand.
Pollination group – C Pick – early October Storage until – November