Abate Fetel

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'Abate Fetel' pear
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Abate Fetel pear
Genus Pyrus
Species Pyrus communis
Cultivar 'Abate Fetel'
Breeder Fetel
Origin France, after 1865

The Abate Fetel or Abbé Fetel is a cultivar of the European Pear (Pyrus communis).

Originally of France, it was obtained by the abbot Fetel – hence the name – who started working on it in 1865, when he was the priest of Chessy, Rhône, and using several local cultivars as a starting point. Fetel was later transferred to Charentay, where he continued his hybridisations, ultimately obtaining the 'Abate Fetel' after a few years.[1]

Nowadays, the 'Abate Fetel' pear is the most produced and exported pear cultivar in Italy. It is mostly cultivated in the Emilia-Romagna region which is a Protected Geographical Indication for this cultivar. Another important producer country is Argentina.[2]
In Italy the 'Abate Fetel' is usually harvested in September; it maintains its quality for up to 23 weeks of cold storage. A characteristic feature is its elongated shape which is easily recognizable by consumers.[2]


  1. ^ Carrière, E.-A. (1886). "Fruits nouveaux ou peu connus". La Revue Horticole: 236–7. 
  2. ^ a b Predieri, Stefano; Gatti, Edoardo (2009). "Effects of cold storage and shelf-life on sensory quality and consumer acceptance of 'Abate Fetel' pears". Postharvest Biology and Technology. 51: 342–8.