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25 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Pear | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. Pear belongs to family of roses. It’s cultivation of pears about 1100 years BC in China.
  2. Scientific name for pear is Pyrus communis.
  3. There are over 3000 varieties of pears that can be found around the world today.
  4. Pears are broadly classified based up on their place of origin as Asian-pears and European-pears. Asian varieties are crispy and firm that do not change even after harvesting or storage whereas, European types generally become soft and juicy when allowed to ripen.
  5. China is the world leader in production of pears.
  6. The first pear tree was planted in the North America in 1620 in the Massachusetts Bay colony. Presently USA is one of the largest producers of pears in the world which is mostly grown in coast, mainly Oregon and Washington.
  7. The Bartlett is the most popular variety of pear in the United States. It got its American name when a Bostonian named Enoch Bartlett bought a pear orchard and began distributing them as Bartlett pears.
  8. Pear can grow to the height of 40 to 50 feet and has pyramid-shaped crown. It has oval or heart-shaped green leaves that are alternately arranged.
  9. Actually, fruit is harvested green because it continues to ripen after removal from the tree. That it is prevented from being overripe.
  10. Pears are also known as “butter fruit”, because they have soft, butter-like texture when they are ripe.
  11. Pear starts to produce fruit 4 years after planting. Plant can survive from 10 to 50 years.
  12. Pear is about 5 inches long, and weigh about 200 gm. A medium pear has about 75 calories. It can be consumed raw or as a part of fruit salads, cakes and other desserts.
  13. Doctors recommend pears for babies when they are weaning and being introduced to baby food as pears are a low acid fruit that are unlikely to cause digestion problems in babies and pear allergy is rare.
  14. The fruit is a good source of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium as well as B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B6).
  15. Pears boosts the immune system because they contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and copper which fight off free radicals and disease in the body.
  16. Pears are one of the highest-fiber fruits, offering 6 gms per medium-sized fruit, helping you meet 25% of your daily requirement. Most of the fiber in them is non soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which functions as a good bulk laxative in the gut reducing the occurrence of colon polyps and also chances of colon cancer.
  17. Pears contains the natural form of folic acid, folate, and they should be included in a healthy prenatal diet in pregnancy.
  18. Pears also contain boron, which our bodies need in order to retain calcium, so this fruit can aid in the prevention of osteoporosis.
  19. The Chinese considered the pear, which they call “li,” to be a symbol of immortality. The destruction of a pear tree symbolized tragic or untimely death. it is considered bad luck in China to share a pear because it may lead to separation of friends or lovers.
  20. Pear leaves were used for the preparation of cigarettes, before tobacco became popular.
  21. Pear wood is used to make furniture, musical instruments, and wood carvings. It is also used to make wooden kitchen utensils because it doesn’t impart any color or odor to the food and because it is tough enough to withstand repeated washings. Architect’s rulers are also made from pear wood because it doesn’t warp.
  22. World’s most expensive pear is Buddha shaped pears which may cost nearly $10 each. They have been cultivated to look exactly like a Buddha statue, even down to the facial details.
  23. The heaviest pear ever grown was about 3 Kg in Japan .
  24. In the Odyssey, Homer called the pear a “gift from the Gods.”
  25. The word pyriform means “pear-shaped.”

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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