Perry is an alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of pear juice. Perry pears are specific varieties of pears that have been selected for characteristics that make high quality perry. A magical drink, refined and delicate on the palate, perry made from proper perry pears can rival great champagne. As such, the trees that produce this fine fruit should be respected, especially considering they can live for several hundred years. The old English adage instructing to “plant pears for your heirs” should be heeded. Learn all about perry pears and be a part of strengthening the perry culture by planting one this year.
Unless you are a fruit collector or are involved in making cider or perry, you may have never heard of the different perry pear varieties before. Many have funny sounding names like gelbmostler or yellow huffcap. Others have simpler more descriptive names such as thorn or butt. Want to learn more? Visit our perry pear varieties page for information on specific varieties.
As a whole, perry pears lack the visual appeal that the pears at your local produce market have. They are typically small, do not have a flavor that appeals to most people and may have many blemishes. But for the perry maker, it is what’s under the skin that matters most. The right balance of sugar, tannin and acidity is what the perry maker needs to make great perry. These properties are found in perry pears, some with the perfect balance while most are better to be blended.
Since perry is a relatively rare beverage, information regarding perry pears, their characteristics and cultivation is limited. Hopefully this site fills that void.
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