From the founding of Jamestown to the time of Washington and Jefferson, every plantation owner made cider, drank cider, and bragged about his cider.
Shinsu pears are one of the earliest ripening varieties. It is a russeted, early-mid season Japanese pear. The variety was selected in 1956 from a cross between Kikusui and Kimizukawase. The fruit is medium size, with a yellow-brown russeted skin, globose-oblate in shape. It ripens in mid-August. The flesh is off-white, tender-crisp, fine-textured, very juicy and sweet. It has an excellent eating quality and is not as firm as other Asian pears. The tree is very vigorous, upright, erect with a poor lateral branching, precocious and very productive. The tree is susceptible to black spot disease and the fruit is moderately susceptible to fire blight. The fruit can be stored about 6 weeks.
- Late Summer - August