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The pear is a tree of genus Pyrus (pronounced /ˈpaɪrəs/) and also the name of the tree's edible pomaceous fruit.[

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A Quick Tip by Raederle

  • Jun 1, 2010
Pears are great for you, but they're sorta a snore.
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Growing up I was sick so often that I barely lived. So, at seventeen I made a huge lifestyle change that brought me to the understanding of the importance of what we eat. I'd say at this point in my life … more
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The pear is a tree of genus Pyrus (pronounced /ˈpaɪrəs/) and also the name of the tree's edible pomaceous fruit.[2] The pear is classified within Maloideae, a subfamily within Rosaceae. The apple (Malus ×domestica), which it resembles in floral structure, is also a member of this subfamily.

The English word “pear” is probably from Common West Germanic *pera, probably a loanword of Vulgar Latin pira, the plural of pirum, akin to Greek api(r)os, which is likely of Semitic origin. The place name Perry can indicate the historical presence of pear trees. The term "pyriform" is sometimes used to describe something which is "pear-shaped".

Callery Pears in flower
Pear, "La France" (Japan)
Bartlett pears (European type) ready to pick
Pear blossoms
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Clapps Favorite (a European type), perfect for picking

The cultivation of the pear in cool temperate climates extends to the remotest antiquity, and there is evidence of its use as a food since prehistoric times. Many traces of it have been found in the Swiss lake-dwellings. The word “pear”, or its equivalent, occurs in all the Celtic languages, while in Slavonic and other dialects different appellations, but still referring to the same thing, are found—a diversity and multiplicity of nomenclature which led Alphonse de Candolle to infer a very ancient cultivation of the tree from the shores of the ...

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