Sainsbury has begun to stock Goldrush, a golden skinned russeted pear discovered by chance growing in desert conditions in Western Australia
Fruit consultant Ally Mackay, who is working to establish year-round cultivation of the pear in other parts of the world, claimed the variety was unlike any other.
“It eats like an apple because it stays firm, but is very juicy,” he said. “It builds up a high sugar level prior to harvesting but does not deteriorate.”
Only 200 tonnes of Goldrush pears are grown at present. However, Mackay predicts this figure will have reached 1,000 tonnes by 2006.
The fruit is trade-marked and grown under licence.