Winter Nellis Pears are not the most attractive pears to look at. Their skin is a dull, pale green, turning yellowish-green when ripe, with a good deal of russeting.
They are only small to medium-sized, and squat in shape.
But, the pears have their fans, because they are very aromatic, with sweet, firm, very juicy flesh. They also store extremely well and are very good to cook with.
The tree’s blossoms are tolerant of late spring frosts.
The pears are ready to be harvested late October, early November. They are harvested while still firm and let ripen during storage.
The tree needs another type of pear tree to cross-pollinate with.
Winter Nellis Pears are one of the better pears for making pies or preserves with.
They can be eaten fresh out of hand as well
Winter Nellis Pears store well, right into March.
Native to Belgium. Brought to America in 1823.