Perry pear varieties
Pears in general are a slow growing tree and large grand old trees of heritage varieties are treasured by small scale perry makers who often don’t own their own orchards. Trees may belong to someone who doesn’t make perry but is happy to come to an arrangement with a maker.
Some perry’s are made with dessert pears such as Conference and Comice. Pears bred and grown specifically for their individual acidity, tannic and aromatic properties.
Like cider apples perry pears sport equally chucklesome name from Hendre Humpcap, Butt and Stinking Bishop. In the perry making process pears behave differently to apples. The pulp is often more watery and requires resting once crushed before pressing.