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.Continue Reading
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
When purchased from the market, placing unripened pears in a bowl of fruit or in a paper bag with apples and bananas results in the quickest ripening time. Apples and bananas give off ethylene, which is a natural gas that speeds up the ripening process.Full Answer >
Cucumbers, melons and squash are fruits that contain at least 200 seeds, whereas apples, pears and citrus fruits only contain a few seeds. Tomatoes and peppers are simple fruits, which consistently produce lots of seeds due to the way that they are grown.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 >
Storing unripe pears at room temperature in a paper bag speeds up the ripening process. Pears emit ethylene, a natural growth hormone, that the paper bag helps to contain.Full Answer >