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Poire de Livre

Poire de Livre is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Poire de Livre is an ancient culinary pear from northern France. It is thought to have been in use since the early 17th century, and is so-named because of of its large fruits, which can weigh as much as one "livre" (pound in English).

The pears are picked in mid-October and have a dense hard flesh which is not palatable for eating fresh. They are normally peeled and then slowly poached or stewed. The pears can also be kept for several months in a fridge.

Poire de Livre is a good choice if you are looking for pears that can be used for traditional cookery.

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

Poire de Livre organic pear trees for sale

  • 1-year tree on PyroDwarf rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
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Growing and Training

Poire de Livre flowers quite late in the pear blossom season, and it is likely the blossom is not compatible with other pears. The tree is reliable, generally free of disease, and bears regularly.


Poire de Livre characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group6
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Picking periodmid-October
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Season of use3 months or more
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesCulinaryTraditional cooker
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1600 - 1649
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourGreen - lightRussetYellow / Orange
  • Fruit sizeLarge