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Shenandoah pear tastes great, resists fireblight


April 1, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Sweet and juicy, Shenandoah pear
boasts an appealing taste and texture, stores well – if properly
chilled – for about four months, and fends off attack by fireblight, a
major bacterial disease of pears.

Sweet and juicy, Shenandoah pear boasts an appealing taste and texture, stores well – if properly chilled – for about four months, and fends off attack by fireblight, a major bacterial disease of pears. Shenandoah can be grown in all pear-producing regions of the United States, but will be especially desirable in areas where fireblight is prevalent – the East, Southeast and Midwest. There, Shenandoah trees are ready to harvest from mid- to late-September. Scientists at the ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, W.Va., put Shenandoah through about 20 years of rigorous testing before making it available to plant breeders and others in 2004.

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