Pears are grown and harvested on almost every continent of the globe. The world's largest producers of pears are Italy, China and the United States. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the most familiar pear is Pyrus communis, which grows in the temperate zone of both hemispheres.Know More
The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and Turkey are also major pear-producing countries.
Pear fruit is soft and sweet. Pear trees come in both ornamental and fruit-bearing varieties. Pears are used in culinary applications or are served raw, but most are canned or used in desserts.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
While the pear itself is not necessarily poisonous, the seeds inside are dangerous if consumed. The seeds of Bradford pears contain small amounts of cyanide.Full Answer >
The best time to harvest pears is when the fruit is still firm and the skin is a light green or greenish-yellow color. One indication of optimal harvesting time is when the stem of the fruit detaches easily from the branch with an upward twist.Full Answer >
There are many varieties of pears such as the Bosc and Anjou pear. Other popular varieties are the Bartlett pear and the Asian pear. The Comice pear and the Concorde pear aren't seen in supermarkets as often but are delicious.Full Answer >
Plums grow in all climates except the most extreme. There are three categories of plum trees: European, Japanese and American hybrid. Each category grows best in different climates.Full Answer >