First QTee pear plantings in Australia

Plantings of a new pear variety have begun in Australia, as the QTee, originally from Norway, is in the pipeline to eventually be on Australian shelves in 2023/24. Horticulture Brand Management Australia (HBMA) has the Australian licence for the fruit.

According to¸ the pear is a described as a "medium-sized fruit with an intense red blush and green background", boasting a "sweet, aromatic flavour and can be eaten either hard and crunchy or juicy and soft".

QTee is an early-ripening pear variety that will be harvested in mid to late February. QTee is characterised by its delicate, juicy flesh which it inherited from its parents Williams and Broket July. The variety was first planted in Belgium in 2015 and have since been planted in Slovakia, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Austria and France.

Growing will be controlled with strict quality specifications.

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