This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
This is the variety which is most commonly grown, and is very often met with in shrubberies as an ornamental tree. The fruit, as the name implies, is shaped like a pear, tapering to the stalk. The skin is yellow, and somewhat woolly. The flesh is dry, woolly, and not so succulent as the former, although it is, perhaps, more cultivated than that variety.
This is a superior variety to either of the above, the fruit being much milder in flavour, and better adapted for marmalade and stewing. The tree is a much more luxuriant grower, but does not bear freely, and hence its cultivation is not so general as is that of the others. The fruit has the property of changing to a red colour when cooked.