Originally known as Fondante de Boise or Sweetmeat of the Woods, this pear was introduced to this country in the early 1800s. The large, rounded fruits have creamy-yellow skin blushed red along with firm, creamy-white flesh that becomes meltingly tender, sweet and aromatic. HARDIEST PEAR for northern districts, with the highest degree of SELF-FERTILITY among the major varieties. Fruit ripens from mid-September to early October. Quince compatible.