HomeHorticultural businessTechnologiesDutch gardeners are pleased with the first growing season of the new red pear variety Alessia

Dutch gardeners are pleased with the first growing season of the new red pear variety Alessia

Dutch top fruit exporter Oskam recently concluded its first Alessia pear season with a pack out of over 90% Class I, FreshPlaza informs. That was shortly before the start of the 2024 overseas pear season. “Less than two percent rot and just under five percent good, sellable class II. Those are report figures you can be proud of. Our cultivation team deserves massive praise; they managed to harvest an average net production of almost 6 kg of pears after a single growing year of this red pear variety, even though experience with it is still quite limited,” says Kees Oskam.

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Alessia is a Doyenne du Comice crossbred with fertile, productive Red Williams. “That results in a lovely, pot-bellied pear with a special aroma that’s gaining popularity in especially the German-speaking markets. Growing on double, forked, intermediate stems proved successful, and the pears retained their color during the growing season. Also, harvesting is done well after the last Conference. That’s a substantial additional advantage for future growers,” Kees concludes.

According Bayoz.de, Alessia®’ is a typical winter pear: it cannot be eaten directly from the tree. But that is not a problem, as there are plenty of autumn pears on the market. Varieties for the marketing season starting in December are much more valuable. Then it is time for ‘Alessia®’. Its fruits are a great pleasure. They store until February in a pear cold storage and until May in a CA storage. In a CA storage they can be stored together with apples.


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