Stinking Bishop pear

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Pear "Stinking Bishop"
Genus Pyrus
Species Pyrus communis
Cultivar "Stinking Bishop"
Breeder Mr Bishop, 1800s
Origin Dymock

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

The official name of the pear is actually Moorcroft,[2] and "Stinking Bishop" is only one of its many other names, including Malvern Hills, Malvern Pear, Choke Pear, and Choker.[3]

It was posthumously named after the breeder, who had a farm in the 1800s,[2] a Mr Bishop, who 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 possibly apocryphal, illustrates the sort of behaviour which earned Bishop his reputation for irascibility.[4]


  1. ^ "The Apple and Pear Research Council Order 1989 (c.2277)". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 8 August 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Moorcroft". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Moorcroft". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Stinky Cheese Maker Shuns 'Wallace & Gromit' Spotlight". All Things Considered. 2005-10-07. 

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