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Bountiful Asian Pear Harvest Follows Perfect Growing Season


astern Pennsyl- vania’s preemi- nent grower of Asian pears deems this season to be one of its best for the de-


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lectable fall fruit. Subarashii Kudamono, Japanese for “wonderful fruit,” says this year’s crop is notable for both quality and quantity, due to perfect growing conditions from spring through fall. The cool, wet spring and early summer, followed by a hot, dry spell, produced what the company calls “pear-fection,” for producing a superior product. The third largest grower of Asian pears in the United States, Subarashii Kudamono, is run like an estate vine- yard, producing nearly a dozen variet- ies of Asian pears. Though the average size of an Asian pear is 4” to 6” wide, weighing one to three pounds, success- ful modifications to pruning and thin- ning techniques allow the company to grow smaller, hand-sized fruit preferred by customers. Five varieties are unique to its Pennsylvania farm and unavail- able anywhere else. These varieties have been cultivated over decades of hand-pollination and rootstock grafting, and were designed to be extra sweet and juicy. Named for the owners’ fam- ily members, they are Asaju, JunoSan, LilySan, JunoSan, and EliSan. In addition to its usual offerings, this


season Subarashii Kudamono is intro- ducing a new variety, the AnaSan. Crisp, juicy and sweet, with melon-like flavors, the AnaSan is very round, with deep or- ange/brown skin and a thick, sturdy stem. Harvesting may continue through


early November.Because they are picked when ripened, these Asian pears are ready to eat when picked. Asaju variety was the first pick of the season, and Atago and SuSan will be the last. Subarashii sells to upscale grocers, health food stores and cheese shops, and supplies fine restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard. Individual customers


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can purchase pears from the company’s website, where they are shipped in gift boxes throughout the fall and holiday season. Various tasting events are sched- uled throughout the fall in Pennsylvania, as well as in Maryland, Washington DC, New York and New Jersey.


Subarashii recently introduced an


Adopt-A-Tree program, allowing custom- ers to adopt their own Asian pear trees, enjoy a bounty of 40 to 60 pounds of pears, and attend members-only events. Their Cyber CSA program launched ear- lier this year. Members receive one box of Asian pears each month from Septem- ber through December, with a different variety each month. An October special is currently being offered.


For more information, visit wonderful- fruit.com or winesofsubarashii.com. See ad page xx.


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