Experience with Onward, Packham's Triumph pears?
I want to get one more European pear. Currently I have Red Clapp's Favorite (Starkrimson) and Moonglow.
I was all set to order scion from Nick Botner but now I need to do something else (well maybe not NEED). I found Packham's Triumph pears at a local health food store and I must say the skin was quite bitter and the flesh not at all smooth. They also had Starkrimson and that was far and away a better pear.
I've been spending way too much time looking at reviews of pears and had come up with a few that I thought were the best: Ubileen, Belle Lucrative, Onward, Devoe, Dana Hovey, and Packham's Triumph.
Now that I tasted Packham's Triumph, grown in Argentina, I am worried that I may be disappointed with it or others that are, "curators favorites" or rated highly by the NCGR in Corvallis.
Is this just the typical fruit thing that happens when a fruit is not picked at it's prime for reasons of shipping, etc.?
Since I have a good European dessert pear, Red Clapp's, and I don't seem to have any fire blight issues, I want a pear that can be stored. It seems that Dana Hovey would be good but I am seriously looking at Onward, which I found a source for.
Is there any pear officianodo that has a few of these that can give me their opinion?