During October, orchards across the country are celebrating Apple days – but why not the pear? And though you may not be aware of it, the pear is in fact enjoying a current spurt of growth. Perry is becoming an in-drink, and supermarkets are stocking more varieties of pears than in previous years.
Gerard Baker visits Dennis Gwatkin, one of the best cider and Perry makers in the UK, and as they stroll through his pear orchard they discuss the rise and fall and rise again of Perry.
Gerard is joined in the studio by Dr Joan Morgan, (co-author of The Book of Apples) who is currently researching The Book of Pears. She talks about the history of the pear, the current state of the market, and they taste a selection of pears.
We hear from two fruit and vegetable sellers, Norman in London’s Berwick St. Market, and Bill of Bill’'s, an award winning produce store in Lewes, East Sussex.
Rod Marsh, keeper and owner of the National Collection of Cider and Perry at Middle Farm in East Sussex explains how Perry is making a comeback.
Alastair Choat, landlord of the Coach and Horses in Soho, London explains how he has recently introduced Perry, both in bottles and draft, and hears the reaction of some customers who are new to the delights of Perry.