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:


15 m
(49 feet)

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 1C and should be sown as early in the year as possible. Temperatures over 15 - 20C 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.