Pitmaston Duchess produces large long conical pears with yellowish white flesh which is melting, juicy and of nice rich flavour. When ripe the yellowish skin is largely covered with a fine cinnamon coloured russet. The tree is a strong grower, being triploid, ideally grown as a bush tree.
Raised by John Williams, 1773-1853, and originally called Pitmaston Duchesse d’Angouleme being a cross of Duchesse d’Angouleme and Glou Morceau but renamed because it stood on merit as a distinct variety without reflecting any of its parentage.
A Worcester businessman, John Williams had a variety of other interests including horticulture. He raised a number of established fruit tree varieties we grow including Apples Pitmaston Russet & Pitmaston Pineapple. A blue plaque was unveiled in his memory on July 3, 2015 at Pitmaston House in the city where he lived probably from 1804 until the end of his life.
Pollination group – D Pick – late September Storage until – October