Re: [gardeners] Keifer Pears - more than one

George Shirley (
Tue, 26 Jun 2001 06:22:54 -0500

Aha! That explains the difference in the ones I grew up with and the ones my
friend grows. Thanks Lon. 


"Lon J. Rombough" wrote:
> One last note on Keifer pears.  We had a good discussion of them on the
> NAFEX (North American Fruit Explorers - see list and one
> point that came up is that there is more than one pear with that name. VERY
> briefly, about a century ago there were a number of different crosses
> produced of Asian pears (which are highly resistant to fireblight) with
> European pears, which are not as resistant, trying to get good varieties
> with resistance to fireblight for the South.  That's why some people have
> Keifer that is relatively free of grit, and others have pears of that name
> that are much more gritty.  A lot of the selections are similar enough that
> there has been considerable confusion, so one grower has a smooth type,
> another, a gritty one, but both pears have the same name.
> -Lon Rombough
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