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:
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 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: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.