Forum home Fruit & veg

Is this pear tree safe to eat

Please tell me if this is a Bradford pear tree that is unsafe for human consumption 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,996
    Are you in the US?  I’m aware of Bradford pears having been grown in the US and that they are considered problematic. 

    I’m not aware of them having been introduced to the UK. 

    In any case, the fruits in your photographs do not look at all like the images and descriptions  of Bradford Pears that I can find online, which all describe the fruit as small, hard and brown as per the photos here

    I think you have a perfectly good culinary pear tree and I would not hesitate to eat those pears when they’re ripe … I’m not sure of the variety … possibly a Comice … but  perhaps @pansyface can make a suggestion …

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361
    Aren't Bradford pears tiny? I think their inedibility is about them being hard, small and extremely tart rather than poisonous. I have a wild pear like that, nasty, even the birds ignore it

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,142
    It looks like a Comice to me too-
    Here's a pic of my Comice today-

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Sign In or Register to comment.