Pearsonality Begins at the Stem!
Frequenting our local farmers markets in the Sacramento Region is fun even in these cooler autumn days. Seeing the pear harvest is exciting and delicious! Fruit farmers are bringing out their barrels of pears...but how do you know what type you want to purchase and consume? So many decisions! Pears are cousins of apples. American varieties come from Europe, where they migrated from central Asia. Early colonists brought the first trees to America where they thrived until blights became severe. Most pears are now grown west of the Rockies where diseases are less of a problem. In The Odyssey, the Greek poet Homer calls pears a "gift of the gods." Asian pears are the oldest known cultivated pear. Pears come in so many varieties (10 that we know of - we have listed 8!) Here are a few to look for at the local farmers markets: Click Here for pear types