Taylor’s Gold Pears: Growing Pear ‘Taylor’s Gold’ Trees

Single Taylor's Gold Pear
Taylors Gold
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Taylor’s Gold Comice pear is a delightful fruit not to be missed by pear lovers. Believed to be a sport of Comice, Taylor’s Gold comes from New Zealand and is a relatively new variety. It is tasty eaten fresh, but also holds up well to baking and preserves. Learn more about Taylor’s Gold trees to grow your own.

Taylor’s Gold Pear Information

For a tasty pear, Taylor’s Gold is hard to beat. It was discovered in New Zealand in the 1980's and is thought to be a sport of the Comice variety, although some believe it is a cross between Comice and Bosc. Taylor’s Gold has golden-brown skin reminiscent of Bosc, but the flesh is more similar to Comice. The white flesh is creamy and melts in the mouth and the flavor is sweet, making this an excellent fresh-eating pear. They may not poach well because of the tenderness of the flesh, but you can use Taylor’s Gold pears to make preserves and jams and in baked goods. They pair well with cheeses too.

Growing Taylor’s Golden Pear Trees

Taylor’s Gold pears are tasty and versatile in the kitchen, but they have not yet been grown extensively in the U.S. If you’re looking for a new challenge for your backyard orchard, however, you may want to consider giving this pear tree variety a try. There can be some challenges to growing Taylor’s Gold trees. Mainly there are reports of difficulties with fruit set. Don’t plant this tree as your only pear if you want to get a large harvest. Add it to another group of pear trees for pollination and to add another small harvest of a fun new variety. Give your new pear tree a sunny spot with soil that drains well and that has been mixed with organic materials, like compost. Water a couple times a week to establish a strong root system in the first growing season. Pruning is important care for all pear trees. Trim your trees back every year before new spring growth emerges. This encourages strong growth, a good growth form, greater fruit production, and healthy air flow between branches. Expect to get a pear harvest within a few years of planting.

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.