JA Katori’s Housui Pear, which ships Suigo pears, has white fruit, dense flesh, and is soft and juicy. It has a high sugar content of about 14% and a sour taste. A very sweet impression. Chiba Prefecture boasts the highest yield of pears in Japan. Katori City is also known nationwide as a production area. Among them, pears from the Okura area, which is close to the Tone River, stand out for their sophistication.
The Okura district, known as the “Suigo pear village,” has long been a concentration of pear farmers because of its cultivation method that takes advantage of the land between the mountains and the slopes of small hills. Although the prefecture boasts the highest yield in Japan, the pears grown in the Tone River’s morning fog and evening fog riverside areas are known for their smooth texture and juicy texture.
Chiba Prefecture announced on June 8, 2022 that about 1,732 million yen (249 hectares) of crops such as pears and cabbage were damaged by the hail that fell on June 3. It seems that most of the damage will be to pears, which had the highest harvest in Japan in 2021. The damage to crops caused by Hail is said to be the worst since 2013. In recent years, weather variability has increased, and hail seems to be seen occasionally in the northwestern part of Chiba Prefecture, where it used to be less frequent. Hail in early spring corresponds to the juvenile fruit stage of pears, and small scratches during this period have a large impact on harvested fruit. At the production site, measures such as delaying fruit thinning are being made to assess the effects of damage, but delaying fruit thinning increases the burden of fruit bearing on the trees, resulting in a decrease in yield due to reduced fatness and a decline in tree vigor. There are concerns about secondary impacts. In order to avoid this, it seems that it is necessary to determine the degree of impact on the harvested fruits as early as possible and proceed with fruit thinning, but there is no doubt that natural disaster countermeasures are being strengthened day by day.