Cold snap pears (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)
After more than 30 years in development, Canada now has its very own indigenous pear variety.
Bred in Ontario by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the new pear is called “Cold Snap.”
It will be available for taste testing at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, which runs from November 6 to 15 this year. The Cold Snap pear was prominently displayed at the Fair’s opening ceremony Nov. 6.
“We call Cold Snap pears ‘Winter’s Favourite Fruit’,” says Matthew Ecker, sales and business development manager for the Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. “Cold Snap pears can be stored longer, which makes them available to Canadian consumers throughout the winter.”
The large, sweet-tasting pear is currently in production in Ontario and in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. There are plans to have growers produce it in British Columbia in the future.
“2015 is our first commercial harvest and we hope to double production every year for the next five years,” adds Ecker, noting that more commercial growers are needed in order for this Canadian fruit to be available across the country.