Now in season, the pear
And they are in season.
We speak of the pear, among the world’s oldest cultivated fruits.
There is evidence that the pear was used as a food source in prehistoric times. Many traces of pears have been found in the Swiss lake dwellings. In 5,000 B.C. a Chinese diplomat grafted pears, peaches, almonds, persimmons and apples as a commercial venture. In his "Odyssey," Homer lauds pears as a "gift of the gods." Roman farmers documented extensive pear growing and grafting techniques and ate them both raw and cooked. Pliny’s "Natural History" recommended stewing them with honey and noted three dozen varieties (today there are more than 3,000).
Because of the pear’s versatility and long storage life, it was a valuable and a much-desired commodity among the trading routes of the ancient world.