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Pear 'Duchesse d'Angouleme', early September. A heritage French pear. "The original tree of this cultivar grew in a garden near Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France. In 1808, after he became intrigued by the beauty and quality of the pear, M. Audusson obtained the right to propagate it. In 1812 he sold the trees under the name 'Poires des Eparonnais', a name that lasted only eight years. In 1820, M. Audusson sent a basket of the fruit to the Duchesse d' Angouleme and requested that he be given permission to name the pears in her honor. The request was granted." ('The Pears of New York' by U. P. Hedrick, 1921)