Unclear but, records of it first appear in Britain, France and Germany in the Early 1800’s. Possibly originating from a wild seedling discovered at St. Nicholas, Angers, France.
This extremely rare variety also known as Duchesse D’Orléans. St. Nicholas is a large, dessert pear, with sweet, juicy, melting flesh.
- Uses: Fresh Eating, Cooking, Wine, Canning
- Flavor: Sweet, Melting
- Fruit Size: Large
- Pollination: Requires another pear variety.
- Ripens: Probably Mid-August-September, may require additional ripening after harvest.
- Keeps Probably keeps well in Cold Storage
- Fireblight: Unknown, Likely Susceptible
- USDA Zones: 5-8?