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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Pear

An apple or pear has 17 chromosomes; a peach, raspberry or strawberry has between seven and nine.

Pears contain about 84 percent water per volume.


Some pears look very much like some apples, such as the nashi pear. One major difference is that the flesh of pear fruit contains stone cells (also called "grit").

There are over 3000 varieties of pears grown around the world.

The pear is native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of the Old World, from Western Europe to right across Asia and was grown during the Neolithic era. Its standard form is the result of different hybridizations from wild specimens.


The pear was cultivated by the Romans, who ate the fruits raw or cooked, just like apples.

The Roman cookbook De re coquinaria has a recipe for a spiced, stewed-pear patina, or soufflé.

The heaviest pear in history was 6 lbs 8 oz (2.948 kg) and was an atago pear grown by JA Aichi Toyota Nashi Bukai from Japan. He presented it at the JA Aichi Toyota main office in Toyota, Aichi, Japan on November 11, 2011.

In China, you can buy pears that are shaped like babies.

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