With an hour-glass shape, the pear with its long shelf life is filled with juicy and delicious sweetness. The pear comes in at least ten different varieties and differs in color from green to red. The pear is not one of the forbidden fruits of life. It is full of goodness and very healthy for the body. It has a fragrance and texture that is all its own. The pear has been the focal point of artist, chefs and health nuts. It is one of the best fruits that you can add to your daily diet plan.
The pear has not always been a part of the United States. The first pear tree was brought across the Atlantic with the colonist that settled around Plymouth Rock. John Endecott, the leader of the pilgrims, planted the tree in the 1630s in what we know today as Salem, Massachusetts. The Endecott Pear Tree is still living today and still produces fruit after 383 years. Today, Oregon and Washington are the top producers of this fruit. The first pear tree made its way to the area along the Lewis and Clark trail and was planted by the early pioneers to settle in this area. The trees thrived in the coastal states, and today there are over 900 growers in Oregon and Washington that produce approximately 442,000 tons of pears every year. These pears are shipped to over 50 countries and within the United States.
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