Wild Pear Tree in Bloom, Tattnall County

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Old timers in South Georgia called wild pears (Pyrus pyraster) “hog” pears because the hard fruit takes so long to ripen that the only creature said to eat it is a hog. They are often seen as a first sign of springtime in the Deep South. They were once to be found on every farm in South Georgia; my great-grandmother made wonderful fried pear tarts when they ripened, usually in late summer or early autumn.

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4 responses to “Wild Pear Tree in Bloom, Tattnall County

  1. Blake

    Plant nerd chiming in:

    I’ve grown up eating the hard pears all my life, but no one ever had a name for them. I’ve learned since that sand pear is a possible name for some or all types (hog pear is a nice name as well). The species are either Pyrus communis or P. pyrifolia, or a hybrid between the two.

    Here are some cultivars:

    http://www.chestnuthilltreefarm.com/store/c/35-Pear-Trees.aspx

    If the pear trees one sees growing in this area are actually wild, they are probably offspring from the dreaded Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana).

    Here’s an article describing how that happens:

    http://www.caes.uga.edu/newswire/story.html?storyid=5419&story=Invasive-Pears

  2. I learned how to can with grandma’s pears. 🙂 Sweet memories.

  3. My grandfather had one in our yard. I loved to see it in full bloom, the pears was the best. Not mention it made great switches…When he moved from the old home to the new one, he took cutting and the trees now get so full the limbs almost lay on the ground. Such great memories.

  4. Beautiful. Love this little anecdote.

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