Greatest Facts About Pears

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In the Odyssey, Homer called the pear a "gift from the Gods"
There are over 3000 varieties of pears grown around the world
The Chinese considered the pear, which they call "li," to be a symbol of immortality. The destruction of a pear tree symbolized tragic or untimely death
Pears are native to Asia and Europe
They were given the nickname "butter fruit" in the 1700s because of their soft, buttery texture
Pears are often recommended for weaning babies because they are low in acid and aren't too harsh on a baby's digestive system
Asian pears were cultivated in China as early as 1134 B.C.
Towns with an abundance of pear trees often included the word Perry in the name of the town
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