On the left is a photo comparing the size, and on the far right is a normal size apple. On the left is a small size, a medium size, and on the left is a large size Atago pear. It is said that the big one is about the baby's head. Atago pear is a fruit that ripens (ripens after harvest). It lasts for about a month or more when stored in a cool dark place, and becomes more sweet and juicy when ripened. It is also useful as a pear for the New Year.
Mrs. Mitani, who grows organic JAS certified peaches in Okayama Prefecture, has recently started working on Atago Pear. Inherited the fields of conventional cultivation (modern farming methods using pesticides and chemical fertilizers) and tried to switch to organic cultivation. Currently, there is little organic cultivation of pears. If nobody cultivates organic cultivation, there is a worthwhile challenge. When they tried one organic cultivation, not only the tree but also less than 20 trees were completely destroyed. It was terrible. Three years later, this year (2019), we can finally harvest specially grown Atago pears. Atago pear is Japan's largest pear weighing 1kg to 2kg. After harvesting in November, ripen until December. Ripened Atago pears are very juicy, have moderate sweetness, and tender flesh. The image is between La France and ordinary pears. Immediately after harvest, it is sour, ripens over a month, becomes soft and round, and becomes sweeter. In addition, Atago pears have a long shelf life and can be kept for about one month when stored in a cool dark place. As it matures little by little during that time, I want to enjoy the change in taste.
Interview with yukiko Mitani
Encounter with Atago pear
I like pears if I eat them myself. In this area, a large pear called Atago Pear, which is about the size of a baby's head, has been made, and I have been in the field for 4 years since I took a field from a nearby grandma. Pears are more fruit trees than peaches. I was worried that an acquaintance with pesticide allergies said, "I want to eat pears," so I cultivated only one of them without using pesticides. I would be glad if I could grow well and harvest safely in October and be pleased. As I am getting older, I want to take over the organic peach fields to young people. The area around here was clean and the old days used to have many thin dragonflies. Insects that were not seen at all during the control are returning. I want young people to know more about the goodness of Satoyama, and I want to have more friends with the same feeling as myself who want to do agriculture without using a lot of medicine. One of my goals is to make my whole field organically grown in about five years.