So excited about our first bunch of pears from our apple tree. For seven years Kevin, my husband, had this tree and it had not produced a single fruit as no one had been tending to it.

Pears from our apple tree

Good enough to eat

When we got married and I came over to live on the farm, I decided to feed this tree regularly with my compost mix. I also made sure it received adequate water. Since I had been looking after it, the following year, the tree produced one fruit. Just the one. It was the first time we both realised it is a pear tree because Kevin had told me all along that it is an apple tree. When our “apple” tree produced a pear, he said, “Well, how about that? All these years I thought it was an apple tree.”

Pears from our apple tree

My Red Sensation Pears

I could not be happier as I preferred pears to apples. So I’m glad we got pears from our apple tree. How I treasured that one fruit! Hovering over it like a mother hen and getting excited every time I thought it looked a little bigger than the week before.

When it ripened I carefully cut it and shared with Kevin and we relished every morsel we ate of that one fruit.

The following year, which is this year, we had more pears from our apple tree, about thirty after deducting what we lost to lorikeets.

When we feed our animals in the evenings, we have a flock of cockatoos, king parrots, lorikeets, white-headed pigeons and galahs converging to share dinner.

The colourful sights and sound are glorious to behold. However, if not careful these beautiful creatures can be painful when they damage crops.

Pears from our apple tree

Taking off the net to pick the pears

We have many ways to avert this such as tying CDs to the branches. The sunshine on the CDs make them glitter and the birds don’t like this. At the time we did not protect our pear tree. So the naughty lorikeets got onto the branches and nibbled on many pears. They didn’t even eat a whole pear. Just took little bites and left the pears looking deformed.

Pears from our apple tree

The holes from the bites did not cause the pears to rot but closed up as the pears continued to grow

Only after the damage was done, we put a net over the tree. I did not get rid of the partially eaten pears. I left them alongside the whole pears on the tree.

So both ripened together. Normally I would remove them so they would not rot and attract bugs, but this time I was busy and forgot.

I’m glad I didn’t because the most interesting thing happened. As the pears grew the holes from the bites began to close up, not entirely but at least they did not rot as I anticipated they would. It was like they were healing.

Kevin bird feathers

Gift from our birds – King Parrot’s feather on Kev’s forehead, Cockatoo feather at his right ear and peacock feather on his left



I had to throw out only a handful of pears which had been badly devoured. They rest are all good to eat.

As my husband Kevin had not known he had a pear tree, he didn’t know what sort of pears they were. I set about to find out especially since we had both not seen red pears. We began to wonder if they were red only when they were unripe. Would they turn green or yellowish green when ripe? They didn’t. They stayed that lovely red colour. When my mother-in-law came down from Sydney for a visit, she said she had never seen red pears either. I discovered later they are called Red Sensation.

Taking off net from pear tree small

Zak watches me remove the net

I have no heart to cook the pears such as turning them into a dessert dish as they are organic and so special to me. Our first big harvest of pears. So I am eating them raw. They are so sweet. I can even eat the skin.

With supermarket pears and apples I always remove the skin as they are one of the most highly pesticide contaminated fruits according to Michael Pollan’s list called Dirty Dozen in his book, The Botany Of Desire. So here is my breakfast of chopped pears, organic blueberries and blackberries from my garden which is also organic as my garden is pesticide-free.

pears blackberries blueberries breakfast

Pears blackberries blueberries breakfast




Linda B · February 25, 2017 at 10:52 pm

Wow! An apple tree that turned into a pear tree! It’s wonderful that you and Kevin take enjoyment over your harvest, and that breakfast picture looks so yummy. Loved the idea of putting CD’s on the tree to scare the birds.

Linda B

Leona Gayle Fontenot · February 28, 2017 at 11:20 am

Yummm I like pears, but for some reason I forget about them. I remember my mom (now with Jesus), made pear pies instead of apple and they were so good. Thanks for the reminder. Will get some next time at store.

    Shoba · March 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Gayle, thanks so much for sharing that with me. I actually make pear pies too and no one I know personally makes those. So I’m so glad to know your mum did. Makes me feel less abnormal now. Hahaha. It’s just that they are so much more juicy, esp when they start ripening further. So you don’t even have to go through the process of boiling them. I don’t like boiling. It ruins the nutrition. So you can get away with not boiling them if they are pears 🙂

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