Catillac is a traditional French pear variety, first described in the 1650s during the reign of Louis XIV. There is some evidence this variety was grown in the royal orchards at Versailles at this time.
Unlike most modern pears, it is not usually eaten fresh, but is brought to perfection by slow poaching or cooking.
Catillac pears are fairly large, and store well, and the trees are also big and reliable heavy-croppers, and quite disease-resistant - all important characteristics before modern refrigeration.
As well as the interesting fruits, Catillac features particularly attractive spring blossom.