Pears are fruits of the plant in the genus “Pyrus” and their name comes from remote times in Vulgar Latin. They are originally from the temperate zones of the Old World (Western Europe, North Africa and Eastern Asia). Cultivation of pears is dated since ancient times in Rome, Greece and even near the Swiss lakes. These are trees with a medium height (6-10 meters) with alternated glossy green leaves and small yellow to white perfumed flowers. There are more than 30 species of pears. Depending on flavor, shape or size: Almond-leafed pear, Chinese white pear, Callery Pear, Plymouth Pear, Algerian Pear, Snow Pear, Willow-leafed Pear are just a few of the most popular and appreciated varieties.
The good news is that the pear is the least allergenic of all fruits. Together with Soya and lamb it makes the perfect diet for hyper allergenic people. It is also nutritious. Just 100 grams of raw pears provides 15% carbohydrates, 10% sugars, 10% vitamin B and the same percent for Copper and 7% vitamin C. Due to its high content of copper helps eliminating the superoxids in the human body – the ones responsible for damaging cell membranes.
The fiber not just prevents constipation, but also maintains cholesterol and diabetic heart disease in normal parameters. Pears are known for assuring the colon’s health and therefore they have a major benefic impact on reducing colon cancer risk.
Many varieties can be great houseplants. It is the case of the shrub Siberian Pear, which the most common houseplant from its genus. The disadvantage, though, is that house planted pears are not edible.