Dicolor is blushed pear with a distinctive obovate pyriform (short, conical) shape. The skin has an attractive pink-red blush, quite light in appearance, overlaying a pale-yellow background colour. The peel is thin and smooth, and doesn’t impact on the eating experience, so does not need to be removed. The flesh is a creamy-white colour which becomes very soft and juicy, almost buttery and melting, though has a very slight grainy effect. This pear has flavour: something akin to crème caramel or liquorice.
Dicolor is sensitive to frost damage; needs plenty of light to develop the optimum colour; and needs careful post-harvest handling due to its delicate skin. Growers are attracted to the variety due to its colour and its resistance to Scab. It is a relatively late season variety.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Dicolor is a very pleasant pear which will satisfy consumers who enjoy soft and juicy varieties.
Soft, blushed, flavoursome.
Origin: Dicolor is the result of a cross between Holenická (Forelle) x Williams. The plant breeding was undertaken at the Research and Breeding Institute of Pomology in Holovousy, Czech Republic, which started in 1955. The variety was later transferred to Techobuzice. Commercial development of the variety is a collaboration between the Group Geefa, René Nicolaï and the Czech company Sempra.
Grown in: Czech Republic; Belgium.
Harvest & Availability: Harvest of Dicolor in Belgium is at the beginning of October, with consumer maturity developing after a period of storage from mid-December. Availability in UK is generally as follows:
- January: Belgium
- February: Belgium
- March: Belgium