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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Besi de La Motte (1685)

Origin obscure. First reported by La Quintinye, creator of the gardens of Lious XIV, about 1685. Fruit medium or below medium in size and ranging in shape from obovate to blunt pyriform. Skin bright green in color with large russet dots. Flesh fine, buttery, juicy, some grit at the core. Mild and sweet but lacking in distinctive flavor. Late midseason. Tree vigorous, productive, semi-dwarf on quince. Moderately susceptible to fire blight. -- H. Hartman, Oregon Ag. Experiment Station, 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) ]