JUICY FRUITS TO SEE OUT WIN­TER

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS

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.

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