The Blakeney Red Perry Pear is named after the village of Blakeney in the Forest of Dean. Also known as Red Pear, Circus Pear, Painted Lady, Painted Pear .
Known to have been in existence in 1600, some trees are over 300 years old and it is now the most common perry pear in the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire region.
The Blakeney Red is a greenish yellow perry pear with a red flush on the sunny side, an old favourite which was even considered a desert pear in the 1600’s. which could also be stewed and used to dye soldiers’ khaki uniforms.
This popular pear is renowned for perry making and is considered one of the best single perry varieties.
Many Cider companies still rely on this pear to produce quality cider.
A statuesque specimen can be found in the Acorn Bank Orchards at Temple Sowerby, Cumbria.
This tree towers above it’s neighbouring Medlar’s to some 40 or 50 feet.
A well shaped tree, the fruit glows red on the sunniest side and hangs in abundance, crammed onto the upward facing branches.
To find out more about Perry pears and Perry making visit the Three Counties Perry website.
You can find young trees at Cummins Nursery.