Introduced by the USDA in 1960’s
Named in honor of Dr. John R. Magness, long-time director of the USDA’s apple and pear breeding program. It’s a cross between two world class dessert pears; Comice and Seckel. Very resistant to Fireblight and the large, delicious fruit does not need counter ripening after harvest.
- Uses: Fresh Eating, Cooking, Caning, Wine
- Flavor: Sweet, Aromatic
- Fruit Size: Large
- Pollination: Requires another pear variety. Pollen sterile, can not pollinate other pears.
- Ripens: Mid-September, Dose not require additional ripening after harvest.
- Keeps 1-3 Months in Cold Storage
- Fireblight: Very Resistant
- USDA Zones: 5-10