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Picture Perfect Pear Guide: All You Need to Know About Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Eating Delicious Pears

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Welcome to the adventure of growing your own pear trees! Apples are one of the most popular fruits, but pears aren’t far behind. Delicious, nutritious, and portable—pears are a perfect choice for the home gardener. Now, planting and nurturing pear trees does require…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Pear trees flourish in temperate climates the world over. This delicious fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and high in versatility. You can eat them whole, poach them, bake them into pies, cakes, muffins, and breads—and there are plenty of cocktail recipes…  READ MORE right arrow
Pears on a wooden table


Mature, fruiting pear tree with a ladder for harvesting.
There are two basic types of pear trees: European and Asian. The European pear trees (Pyrus communis) are what you probably think of when you think pear—these trees produce a pear-shaped fruit with a delicate texture. The pears may be yellow, red, or brown; their skin may be russeted or smooth.  READ MORE right arrow
Mature Bradford Pear tree in full bloom
While our focus is on pear trees that bear fruit that humans can enjoy, it is worth mentioning the Bradford and Callery flowering pear trees. They’re lovely to look at, but their fruits are tiny and hard. Growers brought the Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) to the U.S. in 1909 to help limit the spread of fire blight in pear orchards; Callery flowering pears are very resistant to fire blight.  READ MORE right arrow
A small pear tree bearing fruit.
Pear trees do not reproduce true from seed and can’t be raised consistently from cuttings. Most commercial varieties of pear tree have two basic components: the rootstock and the scionREAD MORE right arrow

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