Flemish Beauty originated in Belgium in the early 19th century and was originally known as Fondante de Boise, "Sweetmeat of the Woods." A very good qualtiy eating pear. Flemish Beauty was at one time a leading commercial variety. Flesh is firm, aromatic, becoming meltingly tender as it ripens. The tree is hardy and strong growing but is susceptible to fireblight. Not reccommended for culinary use, but wonderful for eating fresh and dries well.