An exceptional pear, even among our collection of exceptional pears, because of its season of maturity. Des Urbanistes would be a favorite pear regardless of season, because of its melting, luscious flesh high in sugar and moderate in acid, "excessively abundant in juice," wrote Andre Leroy in 1864. But it is to remain on the tree until almost all other pears have been taken in and consumed. Then this variety may be fully appreciated: the dessert of choice to a All-Saints' dinner. Originated on the property of the convent of the surpressed Urbanist order at Mechelen, Belgium, purchased by Count Coloma, a famous grower of fine fruits, evidently for the purposes of preserving the orchards established there. Resembles in fruit a rather prosperous and overfull 'Anjou'. Harvest Early October. Store at least two weeks. On Betulaefolia.
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