Gepa is a blushed pear with an oblong pyriform shape. The peel colour is pale green-yellow overlaid with brown-red blush, often covering the majority of the fruit. The skin is smooth and shiny, and quite thin, so the fruit can be eaten without the need to remove the peel. The flesh is creamy white and has a smooth but dense texture. It can be eaten when crunchy, or as it ripens into a juicy, yet still dense eating experience. The flesh is very sweet, though with only a mild flavour.
Growers are attracted to this pear due to Scab resistance, good cold hardiness, high yield and regular bearing. It is suitable for growing under an organic regime due to general resistance to diseases.
Gepa is an autumn-harvest pear.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Gepa is an interesting blushed pear which consumers will enjoy for its sweetness, juicy density and thin peel.
Sweet, dense, juicy
Names: Gepa; SaxoniaTM Gräfin Gepa®; Early Desire®
Origin: Gepa is the result of a cross between Nordhäuser Winter Forelle x Baierschmidt. The pear breeding programme, which has resulted in a number of new varieties, was started in 1961 by G.Mildenberger at Naumburg/Saale, with the selections being undertaken by M.Fischer in 1971 in Dresden-Pillnitz, Germany.
Grown in: Germany, Holland, Belgium
Harvest & Availability: Harvest is 7 to 10 days before Conference.
- January: Holland, Belgium
- February: Holland
- November: Belgium
- December: Holland, Belgium