A teardrop shaped fruit with a pale, sweet and juicy interior. The exterior, often yellow, green, or brown, varies depending on the type.
Originated in the region between Europe and the Caucasus. Pears may have also originated in central Asia.
Pears were introduced to America when the Massachusetts Company ordered pear seeds from England in 1629.
Pears were more popular than apples for much of history. China had multiple varieties of cultivated pears during the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE).
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)
The Oxford Companion to Food. 3rd ed., by Alan Davidson and edited by Tom Jaine (2014)