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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Besi d'Hery (~1598)

Originated in Brittany, France, about 1598. Fruit medium or smaller in size, globular in form. Skin deep yellow, usually with prominent red cheek, quite free of blemish, very attractive. Flesh moderately fine, hard in texture, lacking in juiciness. Fairly sweet but somewhat bitter in taste. Late keeper. Tree reasonably vigorous, wide spreading in habit, average foliage, moderately susceptible to fire blight. -- H. Hartman, Oregon Experiment Station Bulletin, 1957.

[Source:USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (09 December 2006)]