A pear that looks like an apple is now being grown in Washington.
Test blocks of the Papple, which originated in New Zealand, have been planted near Yakima, Wash., according to a news release from Yakima-based Proprietary Variety Management, which is distributing samples from trees to growers in Washington, Oregon, California, Missouri and Canada.
The Associated International Group of Nurseries is the exclusive global licensor of the Papple.
The variety, a hybrid of Chinese and Japanese pears, is known for its mild, sweet flavor and crisp, juicy texture. The Papple’s color is a bright red and orange blush against a lemon background.
The test run of the Papple in Washington is taking place on five-year-old trees owned by Brandt’s Fruit Trees.
Early reports indicated that Papple trees are high-yielding and that fruit is scab-resistant and stores well.