Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)
Bradford Pear invading escapee, Pyrus calleryana
They are "Pyrus calleryana, the Callery pear, known in the United States as the Bradford pear, is a species of pear native to China and Vietnam, in the family Rosaceae. It is a deciduous tree growing to 5 to 8 m (16 to 26 ft) tall, often with a conic to rounded crown. The leaves are oval, 4 to 8 cm (1.6 to 3.1 in) long, glossy dark green above, and slightly paler below. The white, five-petaled flowers are about 2 to 2.5 cm (0.79 to 0.98 in) in diameter. They are produced abundantly in early spring, before the leaves expand fully.
The fruits of the Callery pear are small (less than one cm in diameter), and hard, almost woody, until softened by frost, after which they are readily taken by birds...."
Some of my fruits got almost 2 inches this year, but I'm pretty sure this is one of those escapees. In any case, it is still pear wood and should make some good whatever it is can be made with fruit wood.
There are several of these scattered around the north and eastern parts of the place. I did not plant any of them, all volunteers.
i saw some at the farmer's market the other day and asked about them. He said to trim all but 1 or 2 of the fruit from each cluster in order to get big ones.
"The fruits are not generally baked in pies or made into jams because they have a high water content and a crisp, grainy texture, very different from the European varieties. They are commonly served raw and peeled. The fruit tends to be quite large and fragrant, and when carefully wrapped (it has a tendency to bruise because of its juiciness), it can last for several weeks or more in a cold, dry place.
Due to their relatively high price and the large size of the fruit of cultivars, the pears tend to be served to guests, given as gifts, or eaten together in a family setting.
In cooking, ground pears are used in vinegar- or soy sauce-based sauces as a sweetener, instead of sugar. They are also used when marinating meat, especially beef."
What these trees produced once I noticed them, are fruits about an inch to 2 inches in diameter. They did have the characteristic asian pear taste and texture, maybe a bit drier than the big store bought ones.
EFG says they are a nectary, can live up to 300 years, but doesn't have much more info than that they are edible. They say asian pears are pyrus betschneideris.