JUICY FRUITS TO SEE OUT WINTER
Nashi (pyrus pyrifolia), also known as
Asian pears, have sweet and juicy crispy white flesh. They’re delicious raw and can also be poached, sliced into salads and used in cakes, muffins and desserts.
Many varieties have a round shape, similar to an apple, rather than being teardrop-shaped like the common European pear.
Winter is a fantastic time to plant a nashi at your place, while the trees are still dormant and leafless. Look for bare-rooted or potted plants in your local nursery. Growing to about 4m tall and wide, they’ll do best in a position with well-drained soil that receives at least six hours of sunshine a day.
Nashi can also be espaliered, where the tree is trained to grow flat against a wall or trellis, taking up little horizontal space. They have very pretty white bee-attracting flowers in spring, so they’re both an attractive and productive tree.
Nashi prefer growing in cool and temperate climates however there are also “low chill” varieties such as China and Tropical Sunshu suited to warmer areas. Angie Thomas is a horticulturist at Yates.