For all their scrumptiousness, juiciness and curious crunchiness, many will tell you they never think of pears, and they are missing a treat. Centuries back, pears were referred to as “butter fruit” due to their soft, butterly-like texture. Contrarily, pear leaves were rolled and smoked before tobacco found its way into Europe.
A pear tree can bear fruit for as many as 100 years, and there are 3,000 varieties of pears on the records, though the number of pear species developed for consumption is far lower. Currently, Italy, China and the U.S. are the leading growers. Continue reading