Herb latin name: Pyrus balsanae
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of Pyrus balsanae:Fruit - raw or cooked. A reasonable size, to 2.5cm. The flesh is rather hard and harsh, though it becomes soft and sweet when bletted and then makes a very good dessert fruit.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Forests and shrub thickets.
Propagation of Pyrus balsanae:Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, it will then usually germinate in mid to late winter. Stored seed requires 8 - 10 weeks cold stratification at 1°C and should be sown as early in the year as possible. Temperatures over 15 - 20°C induce a secondary dormancy in the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.
Cultivation of the herb:Forests and shrub thickets.
Medicinal use of Pyrus balsanae:None known
Known hazards of Pyrus balsanae:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.