sweet juicy yellow or green fruit with a rounded shape that becomes
towards the stalk.
are picked when they are almost ripe. The fruit has to come off if you
lift the fruit vertically.
late races can be kept for months at a dark place.
ripen best at room temperature. If you want too keep them a few days
have to keep them in a dark and cold place.
A pear tree can grow
20 m. high. Therefore most pears are grafted on a quince stem so they
Pears are original
and Asia. The first cultivated races were selected from the wild
in the prehistoric ages. The Romans knew in the beginning 6 cultivated
sorts and later mention 56 races. A late medieval Italian list mentions
Around 1640 in England
60 varieties were known. In 1842 more than 700.
In 1860 the American
T.W. Fields mentions 850 races.
This fast increase of
cultivars during the late 18th century can be ascribed to a few French
and Belgian cultivators.
A quince is a pear like fruit that only can be eaten cooked. The
dictionary describes it as the following - a nice smelling
fruit that grows on trees that grow upto 6 m. high.
Quinces are a very
old fruittype that are originally from Persia. Quinces are not consumed
raw but are used for Marmelo which is stil very popular in Spain and
This marmelo has been the example for the marmelade we make out of
Normal pears are
raw and taste great in desserts, the small cooking pears are always
cooked and eaten as a vegetable or dessert and quinces are mostly
processed to a kind of marmelade.
much kalium and riboflavine;
are good for the skin and contain plenty of fibers;
- have fresh ripe pears as a side dish with dinner.
- Vanilla ice-cream with pears, chocolate sauce and cream.