The Agricultural Research Council celebrated 10 years of the Cheeky® pear this May. Cheeky®, a mid-season beautiful red blushed pear variety, is the brightest star to come out of the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij pear breeding programme in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Cheeky® acts as bridge between the season-opening blushed pears like ‘Rosemarie’, ‘Flamingo’ and ‘Celina’ and the later ‘Forelle’. It is harvested around week 4 and 5 and due to its characteristic large fruit size and marketability prior to ‘Forelle’ is generally setting good prices for this category.
By nature, Cheeky® fruit are large with an attractive blush and ripen during late January to the beginning of February. Cheeky® also has a rich pear flavour, stores well and ripens to a melting texture, but the colour is not as prone to heat bleaching as that of other blush cultivars.
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