The pear is a popular fruit around the world for a number of reasons. The trees are pretty and can be used for ornamental purposes, but they also produce tasty fruit. Pear trees are hardy across several USDA zones, which means that you can grow pears in almost any part of the country. The fruit is both delicious and versatile; they are great for eating fresh and also take to baking, cooking, canning and preserving. Planting and maintaining our professionally and carefully grown pear trees is simple and doable for anyone, even the beginning gardener. With everything you need to know about growing pears, you can start your backyard orchard.
Pears Are Tasty and Nutritious
The history of the cultivated pear is a long one, with roots in China. We know of pears being grown there as far back as 7,000 years ago. Pears are mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman writings too. The pear is native to Europe, Africa and Asia. Here in the U.S. pears appeared with the earliest colonists, but didn’t really thrive until pioneers brought them west. Pear trees grew particularly well in the Pacific Northwest, and people began growing them there on an industrial scale beginning in the 1800s.
Today you can get pears just about anywhere and in any grocery store, even out of season. They have a good shelf life and store well, but if you grow your own pears in your backyard you will taste the difference. Fresh pears from your very own tree will taste much better than the fruit you find in the produce section.
The pear has a unique flavor all its own and a soft, but not mealy, texture. A ripe pear eaten fresh is tasty, soft and juicy. Pears can be baked in desserts, roasted or grilled and eaten with meat, preserved as jams and jellies or canned for winter storage. It is truly versatile. The pear is also nutritious. One medium fruit has just 100 calories and 6 grams of fiber as well as a significant amount of vitamin C.
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