Moonglow is a high-quality early-season pear, which usually ripens about a week before Bartlett. The fruits are large with a sweet flavor, reminscent of Bartlett and Comice from which it is descended.
As with most pears, pick slightly early and then ripen indoors. Newly-picked fruits will have some acidity and can be used at this point for cooking.
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Moonglow is very resistant to fireblight, one of the most serious diseases of pears.
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Developed in the 1960s by the US Dept.of Agriculture as part of a program to develop pears which were resistant to fireblight. Moonglow is a cross between an old variety called Roi Charles de Wurtemburg and an experimental variety called Michigan 437 which was derived from Bartlett and Comice. This parentage explains its good flavour characteristics.