|Regular carton size
Pyrodwarf maiden (semi vigorous), Pyrus communis maiden (vigorous)
|Type of Pear
A historic pear of the West Midlands used for eating, cooking & perry. Small lemon coloured pears with sharp with some sweetness and plenty of astringency.
Pollination group – C, mid April
Picking time – late Aug / early Sept
Storage until – does not keep.
A historic pear of the West Midlands used for eating, cooking & perry. Small lemon coloured pyriform pears with sharp with some sweetness and plenty of astringency. Named after the village of Tettenhall near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. A small pear that became known in the 1700s, and may well have arose many years before. Used as a multi purpose fruit for eating, cooking and making Perry.
There is a well known passage “Tettenhall Dicks are as hard as bricks”. Before they ripen they are hard. When they do ripen in September they are small and not juicy like today’s dessert pears and not keeping for long. However these Pears have a history from before industrial times, spreading through the Black Country, as a very useful multi purpose fruit. The fruit was transported to Lancashire by canal for dyeing cotton and wool
Tettenhall Dick came across hard times particularly after the second world war with much redevelopment in the West Midlands, with many trees being removed, and the trend towards fruit imports.
However since 2000 there has been an upsurge in interest to ensure that the variety stays a part of the local landscape. An initiative was made to grow and plant 2000 trees in the region by a charity ‘Bees & Trees’ to ensure its future. We are happy to grow this historic pear which arose in our region.
We hope to get a photo or two of fruit on a tree in early September.
Pollination group – C, mid April Picking time – late Aug / early Sept Storage until – does not keep.