Pear Facts

Pear Facts
Pear is a type of deciduous tree that belongs to family of roses. This plant originates from Europe and Asia. Cultivation of pears started 1134 years BC in China. There are over 3000 varieties of pears that can be found around the world today. Pears prefer moderate climate, enough sun and well-drained soil. They are mostly cultivated because of their delicious fruit that has numerous beneficial effects on the human health. Besides in human diet, pear has application in industry of furniture, musical instruments and kitchen utensils. Some types of pears are cultivated in ornamental purposes.
Interesting Pear Facts:
Pear can grow to the height of 39 to 49 feet. It has pyramid-shaped crown.
Pear has oval or heart-shaped green leaves that are alternately arranged on the branches.
Pear develops white or pink flowers. Even though flowers contain both types of reproductive organs (stamens and pistil), they cannot perform self-pollination. Insects are main pollinators of flowers.
Pear produces round, oval or conical fruit that is covered with yellow, green or reddish skin. Flesh is white or creamy colored and filled with stone cells.
Fruit is harvested green because it continues to ripen after removal from the tree. That way, producers of pears prevents pears to become overripe before they become available in the supermarkets around the world.
Pears are rich source of dietary fibers, vitamins C and K and minerals such as copper and potassium.
Pear can be consumed raw or as a part of fruit salads, cakes and other desserts. Pear is easily digested, which is one of the reasons why even babies can eat it (in the form of pear puree).
Due to high content of vitamins, pears can improve functioning of the immune system. High content of dietary fibers facilitate digestion, and high content of sugar increases energy levels. Pear increases absorption of calcium and can aid in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Chinese people believe that sharing of pear may disturb relationship between friends or lovers. Pears are symbol of immortality in China.
Pear leaves were used for the preparation of cigarettes, before tobacco became popular.
Pears are also known as "butter fruit", because they have soft, butter-like texture when they are ripe.
Pears were important part of diet in ancient Greece and remedy for nausea. Greek poet Homer described pears as "gifts of the gods".
Wood of pear is used in the manufacture of furniture and kitchen utensils because it doesn't absorb smells and colors of the food and it can withstand numerous washings.
People allergic to the pollen of birch and alder often develop allergy to pear.
Pear starts to produce fruit 4 years after planting. Plant can survive from 10 to 50 years, depending on the variety.

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