Old varieties of pears and cherries

Pears are planted before apples, so it is important to plant them in places where they will not be destroyed by frost. There are varieties that are more suitable for higher elevations and those that are more frost tolerant. The pear is most tasty to consume fresh, and can be preserved and used in various preparations.

The Gute Graue variety is a summer sour sweet pear and it really tastes really good. It grows on moist soil and is grown on rough terrain. The fruits ripen in late August and early September. They cannot stand long after harvesting, they must be consumed or processed because they will become rotten very quickly.

Madame Verte Pear needs moist and warm soil. It is juicy and soft and ripens from mid to late October.


Plant the Bunte Julibirne pear on lofty and warmer terrains because it is not demanding when it comes to moist and fertile soil. Depending on where it is planted, it matures from mid-June to mid-August. This pear is slightly acidic and juicy. After picking, it cannot stand for long, so it must be consumed quickly.

The Geissihirtle variety was discovered by a German shepherd. If planted in warmer terrain, it will have strong and full aromas, and if planted in elevation it may be less palatable and sweet. It ripens from mid-August to mid-September.

The lucky ones are the ones who have juicy cherries in their garden. What we all look forward to is climbing a tree and eating fresh, juicy red cherries. They open the fruit season full of vitamins, followed by cherries. Sweet cherries will generally be eaten fresh and cherries in the form of marmalades and juices.


Cherries can be planted at higher elevations where other fruit trees fail. The cherry harvest is determined by a special calendar. The time begins as soon as the first fruits begin to ripen and lasts for seven weeks, and every cherry week is ten days.

Buttener's late red cherry is widely known as a resistant variety that likes warm positions and the fruits are ripe in the fourth and fifth cherries of the week.

Author: S. G., Photo: Liv friis-larsen / Shutterstock

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