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Pear Stats

Height: 48 - 72" (1.22-1.83 m)
Plant Spacing: 48 - 72" (1.22-1.83 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 48" (0.91-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 70 - 80
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Black, Orange, Red, Yellow
Size: Small
Shape: Small
Genetic Type: Heirloom
Variety Type: Cherry, Non-Reds, Paste/Canning, Saladette/Pear, Slicers
Disease Resistance: N/A

Common Uses

Juices, sauces, salads, soups, bruschettas, canned or eaten fresh

Other Names

Teardrop Tomato

Information for Pear

Pear tomatoes are unique tomato cultivars that typically come in a range of colors such as orange, yellow, and red. They have a shapely bottom, a delicate top portion, and a distinctive pear shape. It is also often referred to as a teardrop tomato because some of its varieties are teardrop in shape.

This tomato traces its origins back in Europe. During the 1700s, England began using the pear tomato for its soups and stews. In 1847, the Pear tomato variety was introduced in the United States. Joseph Ellis, a vegetable grower, sold a hundred tomato seed varieties which include the Pear tomato in Denver and Utah.

George Thomas & Co. made Pear tomatoes available in their seed catalogs in 1889. The tomatoes were featured in the Sun Journal in 1944 and the Smithsonian Institution's heirloom gardens in Washington, D.C. in 2001.

Pear tomato varieties are remarkably sweet and several of them are heavy producers even when grown in indoor containers. Pear tomatoes continually produce abundantly throughout its growing season from May to October until cut down by frost. They preferably thrive in milder climates. These tomatoes are best stored when they still cling to the vine to keep the freshness. The Pear tomato plants are also grown for their decorative value due to their mélange of colors.

Most Pear tomatoes are heirlooms that grow on indeterminate foliage. The different colored tomatoes are perfect for slicing and canning. They are great tasting when eaten fresh or pulsed to create juice. They look wonderful in summer soups like Gazpachos and topped on roasted bread like Bruschettas. They are aesthetically eye-catching but also bursting with succulence.

Pear tomatoes are available all-year round and can be found throughout the United States. Popular Pear tomato choices include the Yellow Pear and the Red Pear. Many areas in California and Texas grow Pear tomatoes, especially the Yellow variety. You can also find them imported from European countries or homegrown in nurseries. Public seed catalogs often carry these heirloom tomato seeds.

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