Besides the many varieties of pears, avocados, papayas and quinces are also obovoid, or pear-shaped, fruit. Some tomatoes and figs are pear-shaped, along with some lesser known fruits called chayotes, rose apples and loquats.
A plant part is considered a fruit when it is edible, derived from a flower and contains one or more seeds. Fruits are classified according to what part of the flower they developed from. A pear is a simple fruit developed from the ovary of a flower. Fruits are prized not only for their sweet taste, but for their many nutritional benefits. Fruits provide dietary fiber as well as many different vitamins and minerals.