Pears, of the family Rosaceae, are native to Europe and Asia and were well-known by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Breeders in France 400 years ago developed a number of cultivars, and France is still the largest grower of pears in the world. The pear was introduced to England and then to America and soon became an important crop in many countries (13). The largest producers are France, Germany, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, and Japan. In North America, pears are of three botanical groups: (1) the European pear, Pyrus communis, which includes all the old standard cultivars; (2) the Asian, Oriental, or sand pear, P. pyrifolia or P. serotind; and (3) the Eurasian pear, P. lecontei, a hybrid between the previous two. The pear is a pome fruit closely related to the apple, but it never quite attained the popularity of apples, possibly because it does not store as well.

The major processed product is canned pears prepared in a manner similar to canned peaches and apples. Dried pears are prepared as described for peaches and apples. Pear juice, pear juice concentrate, and nectar are prepared by crushing and pressing the ripe pears.

Homemade Pet Food Secrets

Homemade Pet Food Secrets

It is a well known fact that homemade food is always a healthier option for pets when compared to the market packed food. The increasing hazards to the health of the pets have made pet owners stick to containment of commercial pet food. The basic fundamentals of health for human beings are applicable for pets also.

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