Herb: Snow Pear

Latin name: Pyrus nivalis

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Edible parts of Snow Pear:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A sour flavour, it is usually cooked or brewed into cider or perry. The fruit matures late in the season and is 3 - 5cm long.

Description of the plant:


10 m
(33 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Sunny slopes and dry open woods in S. Europe.

Propagation of Snow Pear:

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:

Sunny slopes and dry open woods in S. Europe.

Medicinal use of Snow Pear:

None known

Known hazards of Pyrus nivalis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.