The History of Hood River and its Fruit
About Hood River and The Fruit Loop
Hood River is one of the most magnificent and
prolific fruit producing valleys in the world. Nationally,
it is one of the largest Anjou pear growing districts
producing over 50% of the nation's winter pears. (Anjou,
Bosc, Comice). Additionally, Hood River produces over
11% of all the Bartlett pears grown in the U.S. and
the area’s Newtown Pippin apple is considered
the highest quality Pippin grown anywhere in the world.
The area's first fruit trees were
planted in 1854, when Nathaniel Coe arrived into establish
Oregon's first post offices and mail routes.
Twenty-two years later, 1876 E.L.
Smith planted the first commercial orchard consisting
of 30 acres of Newtown Pippin and Spitzenburg apples
and peaches. In time, apples became the dominant crop.
In 1919, the Hood River Valley had
a disastrous freeze that killed many apple trees. At
that time, many growers replaced their crops with pears,
so that today pears represent 75% of the fruit grown.
What makes Hood River’s fruit
so exceptional is the fertile volcanic soil, produced
eons ago by eruptions of long-silent Mt. Hood. Tempered
with centuries of decomposed organic materials this
mineral rich earth combined with pure glacier water,
cool nights and warm growing days, makes biting into
Hood River fruit a crispy, juicy, delicious experience.
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