Chanticleer Pear Tree Facts:
The name “chanticleer” comes from the word “chante”, which means “to sing”. So it is because of its musical nature.
Its scientific name is Aesculus hippocastanum. It belongs to the family Heteromelidaceae, a group of flowering plants that includes roses, lilies and other members of the same genus.
Chanticleer pear trees produce small white or pink fruits with a very hard shell. They have been used medicinally for centuries.
Some of them are known to possess antiseptic properties, though their use in medicine is not common nowadays. However, they still retain their medicinal value due to their high sugar content and natural antibiotic properties.
They are grown mainly in China, Japan and Korea. They are cultivated primarily for their edible fruit.
Their taste is similar to those of apricots, but sweeter than peaches. They have a sweet flavor and a sourness when eaten raw.
Chanticleer pear trees grow up to 10 feet tall and weigh between 4 and 5 tons each. Their leaves are opposite to the stem while their flowers bloom in the springtime.
Most of them grow in clusters of two to five.
The fruit of the Chanticleer pear tree ripens in the late summer and looks somewhat like a melon. In fact, it is a pome, just like apples.
The fleshy part that surrounds the seed is sweet and tasty, while the skin covering the seeds is not edible.
The fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked into puddings or preserves. It is most known for its use in wine and brandy, hence its reputation as “the fruit of the gods”.
The Chanticleer pear tree is easy to grow and tolerates both dry and wet conditions, making it a perfect choice for the backyard. It can survive even harsh winter conditions.
Its light green leaves turn yellow or red in autumn.
Chanticleer pear trees prefer well-drained, fertile loamy soil. They are fast-growing and reach full maturity in about 10 years.
Chanticleer pear trees don’t require pruning unless it’s done for aesthetic purposes, since they don’t require heavy pruning to remain healthy. One of the most important care tips when growing a Chanticleer pear tree is to make sure it gets enough water.
Water it thoroughly when the soil is dry and mulch between the tree’s roots and the stem to retain moisture.
The fruit of the Chanticleer pear tree ripens in late summer. You should harvest it when it easily detaches from the stem.
You can store the fruit for up to a month at room temperature.
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