The pear, which has 3000 known varieties, belongs to the Rosaceae family and is any of several tree and shrub species of genus Pyrus.
It is “native to coastal and mildly temperate regions of the Old World, from western Europe and north Africa east right across to Asia.”
Pears grow on medium-sized trees that stand 10-17 m tall, often with a tall, narrow crown.
The leaves which are, sometimes a glossy green or dense and hairy in appearance, usually measure 2-12 cm in length.
Most pear trees lose their leaves, and withstand temperatures below −25 °C but one or two species in Southeast Asia belonging to the evergreen species tolerates temperatures no lower than -15°C
In Canada, we have several varieties of pear such as Bartlett, Bosc, Forelle, Taylors Gold, Anjous, Comise and Asian that are consumed regularly.
The picture below is one of the varieties of pear, which grows in Canada.
I would like to say that Canada produces the best pears in the world but, and I say "BUT!" you will never experience the taste of the pears coming from the mediteranian area.
Those pears coming from that part of the world has a different appearance, taste and aroma.
One bite out of them opens the gates to paradise and the aroma makes you dizzy.
In a recent document that I read, it was said they are going to arrest any driver in Greece if he is caught holding, biting or smelling a pear while driving.
The taste and aroma will unfortunately cause him to momentarily close his eyes and cause an accident.
In Canada, we have laws for drivers not to use mobile devices while driving.
In Greece, the laws apply to pears or any other fruit.
I'm not going to go any further on this subject because the Canadian government will take away my passport forever.
We have to admit that the pear is a beautiful tree and at the time this picture was captured it had a lot of fruits.
Photo under the Pear Tree
Pear trees sometimes are so filled with fruits that the branches even touch the ground.
The pear tree and its fruit however, are also cultivated as an ornamental tree and stands out beautifully in a garden setting.
Pears may be enjoyed raw or used in fruit cocktails, salads and drinks.
The ideal way of consuming pear is to wash it and bite it, including the skin of course (this is in reference to mediteranian pears.)
However, when you are in Canada, you can see displays of pears and pears and pears and pears; different colours and some are as hard as a rock.
If you try to eat one of them you'll probably crack your teeth and your Dentist will love you forever.
Since we have so many pears in Canada and this fruit is very important in our diet, there is a recipe to enjoy a few of them.
Here is a scrumptious recipe for you:
Get 2 or 3 pears (whatever variety you prefer)
Wash pears and remove the skin by gently peeling.
Gently and carefully, cut pears in half.
(Some pear varieties are delicate and if held too firmly they can become battered)
Now cut each half in two; carefully remove the core and seeds.
Place the pears flat side down and cut into slices (the thickness of the slice is up to you)
Place Slices in a pot on low heat
Add 1 cup of water (more if you like)
Add 2 or more tablespoons of sugar (more or less, as you like)
Reduce heat, stirring occasionally to dilute the sugar.
To enhance the flavour add ¼ tsp cinnamon
Basically the procedure of peeling and cooking is similar to the Apple With Cinamon Dessert recipe within this website.
In the picture below, a pear tree is seen standing just behind the pond.
It is ten years old and every year it produces five to six pears.
The owner, created the recipe above.
Certain countries have huge production of pears, including China and South Africa.
It is an ideal ingredient for fruit cocktails that is enjoyed at home, in salad bars,
restaurants and banquet halls.
A can of fruit cocktail is illustrated below.
It is made under the Mr. Goudas brand and has been packed in light syrup.
Within the list of ingredients you will notice pear and when you try it,
(and I know you will) you will taste its outstanding flavour.
Within Google search engine under pear recipes you will find, numerous ways the pear fruit cocktail above may be used.
Recorded by Mickel Allen