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European Pear branch with fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Maloideae
Genus: Pyrus

A pear is an edible fruit. Its shape is a teardrop. The flavor of pears is best when they are cool. They are juicy. Pears do not ripen well on trees. They can be soft in the center. They can be baked, canned, frozen, or eaten fresh. They can be made into jams, jellies or juice. They can also be made into pies and put into salads or baby food. They are eighty three percent water. It has a green, red, yellow, or brown skin. The pear originated from Europe, Africa and Asia. Pear trees grow in heavy soil.

Pears are in the subfamily Maloideae with apples. It is a subfamily of the family Rosaceae.

Description[change | change source]

The pear comes from the tree Pyrus communis, also called the common pear tree. The tree can be 10 to 20 metres (33 to 66 feet) high. They live an average of 65 years. It starts as a pyramid-shaped tree. As it grows becomes rounded. It ends up becoming oval. This tree has gray bark covered with cracks. Its leaves are dark green and 10 centimetres (3.9 inches) long. The flowers are pink or white and up to 1.5 centimetres (0.59 inches) long.[1]

History[change | change source]

The pear comes from Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It grew during the Neolithic era. Its standard form is the result of different hybridizations from wild specimens.

The pear needs soil that is neither too dry nor too wet. It grows best in temperate and humid climates. There are over 2000 varieties of pear but the most important are Blanquilla, ercolini, limonera, conference, bartlett, martini, castell, precocious fiorano. It is used in syrup, jam, jelly, spirits, recipes, etc.[2]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "pear - tree and fruit". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. "Pear Facts". Retrieved 12 March 2015.