Stinking Bishop pear

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Pear "Stinking Bishop"
SpeciesPyrus communis
Cultivar"Stinking Bishop"
BreederFrederick Bishop, 1800s

Stinking Bishop is a variety of pear bred near Dymock in Gloucestershire, England, primarily for perry.[1]

The main name of the cultivar is actually Moorcroft,[2] named after the farm at Colwall where it first arose,[3] and 'Stinking Bishop' is only one of several other names, including 'Malvern Hills', 'Malvern Pear', 'Choke Pear', and 'Choker'.[4]

The synonym 'Stinking Bishop' refers to Frederick[5] (or Percy)[3] Bishop, who owned Moorcroft Farm in the early 1800s and was presumably the cultivar's breeder.[3] Bishop allegedly had an ugly temperament. In a 2005 American National Public Radio interview, Charles Martell, the maker of Stinking Bishop cheese, related a story that Bishop got angry at his kettle one day for not heating fast enough and in retaliation shot it. This story, although apocryphal, illustrates the sort of behaviour which earned Bishop his reputation for irascibility.[6]


'Moorcroft' is a medium sized pear of rounded-conical shape; it has a greenish-yellow skin, turning bright yellow, and some russetting.[3] Its juice has medium acidity and tannin with little or no citric acid present: in the 19th century it was praised for making perry with good alcoholic strength and flavour.[3]


  1. ^ "The Apple and Pear Research Council Order 1989 (c.2277)". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 8 August 2006.
  2. ^ "Moorcroft". Retrieved January 2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e Morgan (2015) The Book of Pears: The Definitive History and Guide to Over 500 Varieties, Chelsea Green, p.262
  4. ^ "Moorcroft". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Tasty Bishop burger is no striker", Cotswold Journal, 01-09-06
  6. ^ "Stinky Cheese Maker Shuns 'Wallace & Gromit' Spotlight". All Things Considered. 2005-10-07.

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